Archive for July 21st, 2012

A Few Final Summer Reading Recommendations…

There’s one last week of Summer Reading, so get your books finished up this week! In case you need some inspiration, here are a dozen new fiction books that are flying under the radar:


Along Came a Duke – Elizabeth Boyle

  • In order to claim a vast fortune, Tabitha Timmons must marry the respectable Mr. Barkworth, but finds herself torn between the money and her feelings for the Duke of Preston, who vows to save her from a passionless union.

Amped – Daniel H. Wilson

  • In a near-future world where technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws, twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain

  • Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ halftime show on Thanksgiving, Specialist Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad, finds his life forever changed by this event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself.

Calling Invisible Women – Jeanne Ray

  • Feeling unattractive and unappreciated as she enters her fifties, wife and mother Clover wakes up one morning and discovers that she has actually become invisible, a condition that goes unnoticed by her family.

The Cottage at Glass Beach– Heather Doran Barbieri

  • Humiliated by her husband’s infidelity, forty-year-old Nora Keane, married to the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts, takes refuge with her maternal aunt on Burke’s Island off the coast of Maine.

A Hologram for the King – 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.

Istanbul Passage – Joseph Kanon

  • American businessman Leon Bauer was drawn into the shadow world during the war—swapping information, helping Jews escape the Reich—but now it’s 1945, and he thinks he’s out of it, after one last assignment: shepherding a Romanian refugee, who may have ties to the Nazis, to safety.

In the Kingdom of Men – Kim Barnes (Idaho Author!)

  • A young woman from the American South finds herself in the strange world of the Middle East after she marries an oil driller

The Innocents – Francesca Segal

  • Adam must choose between duty and passion when, after becoming engaged to Rachel, his girlfriend of twelve years, he finds himself powerfully drawn to her reckless and beautiful cousin, Ellie, who represents everything that he has always tried to avoid, but now finds himself longing for.

The Lower River – Paul Theroux

  • Idealizing the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps, Ellis Hock is abruptly divorced by his wife and decides to return to Africa only to find the region devastatingly transformed by poverty and apathy.

The Solitary House – Lynn Shepherd

  • Summoned to the offices of Victorian London’s most powerful and dangerous solicitors, disgraced police officer turned independent detective Charles Maddox turns to his famous but aging investigator uncle to identify who has been sending threatening letters to a client.

Trapeze – Simon Mawer

  • During World War II Briton Marian Sutro is recruited for service in the Special Operations Executive, only to find that another secret organization wants her to infiltrate Paris to persuade a research physicist to join the Allied war effort.


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