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11 Summer Book Club Picks

  • FICTION

    THE FOUNDLING

    MAY 31, 2022

FICTION

THE FOUNDLING

by Ann Leary

Leary’s wit complements her serious approach to historical and psychological issues in this thoroughly satisfying novel. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING

    APRIL 12, 2022

FICTION

ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING

by Lisa Hsiao Chen

Elegiac and revealing, Chen’s debut illuminates the clock in our hearts. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    NIGHTCRAWLING

    JUNE 7, 2022

FICTION

NIGHTCRAWLING

by Leila Mottley

Plot, shmot—the real story here is lush, immersive writing and a relentless reality that crushes a girl’s soul. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MECCA

    MARCH 15, 2022

FICTION

MECCA

by Susan Straight

This is a novel that pushes back against the clichés of Southern California to reveal the complex human territory underneath. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WHAT WE WISH WERE TRUE

    APRIL 19, 2022

NONFICTION

WHAT WE WISH WERE TRUE

by Tallu Schuyler Quinn

A tragedy whose outcome is foretold and a gentle, uplifting contribution to the literature of death and dying. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ALL THE WHITE FRIENDS I COULDN'T KEEP

    MARCH 22, 2022

NONFICTION

ALL THE WHITE FRIENDS I COULDN'T KEEP

by Andre Henry

Wise, essential instruction for all who seek redress for the inequalities that persist in America. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    SHELTER

    APRIL 19, 2022

NONFICTION

SHELTER

by Lawrence Jackson

An extraordinary dual portrait of the author and his hometown—angry, tender, incisive, and bracingly eloquent. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    MARK MY WORDS

    JUNE 1, 2022

  • TEEN

    SEMI-FAMOUS

    JULY 19, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

SEMI-FAMOUS

by Josh Sundquist ; illustrated by Josh Sundquist

Cleverly humorous and extremely timely reading for those who seek renown. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL

    JUNE 7, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL

by XiXi Tian

Quiet yet powerful, complex, and grounded in the reality that nothing will ever be completely resolved. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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