16 Books to Kick off the Summer Season 2021

It is time to gather your reading material for those anticipated beach weekends! So many new releases to check out, from novels and memoir to domestic thriller and historical fiction…there is something for everyone! Pub dates are listed in description; some are on the shelves now, and others can be pre-ordered so they will be sent to you when they become available.

Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life by Julianna Margulies (May 4)

A coming of age memoir about The Good Wife and ER star’s life and her work.

The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer (June 1)

Deception and heroism in Warsaw during Nazi occupation and the threat of a communist regime.

Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty by Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada and When Life Gives You Lululemons. (May 18)

Entertaining novel about sisters, their perfect lives and their perfect lies.

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The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff, author of The Lost Girls of Paris (May 4)

Inspired by true stories and exemplifying the extraordinary strength of the human spirit is the story of a young girl forced to hide in the sewers of Krakow in the 1940s.

Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Have You Seen Luis Velez? (May 4)

A young girl with a big heart and a litter of puppies, this story is about finding and hanging on to joy.

Book Nation by Jen Q & A with author Catherine Ryan Hyde

Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber, author of Improvement. (May 4)

A man discovers his father has a secret family which leads to loyalties and love triangles.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, author of Eight Hundred Grapes (May 4)

Along with her stepmother, a girl sets out to discover the truth about her dead mother, her past and the real identity of her father.

Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts are making this domestic thriller into a limited series for Apple TV.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, author of The Martian (May 4)

A sole survivor on a desperate mission, this tale of discovery, speculation and survival is part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey.

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica, author of The Other Mrs. (May 18)

Thriller about a missing person and domestic secrets.

Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce, author of Finding Mrs. Ford (May 4)

A psychological thriller about a young actress and her new husband’s secrets.

Book Nation by Jen Q & A with author Deborah Goodrich Royce

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner, author of Mrs. Everything (May 11)

Two women leading very different lives are connected; from Phili to the Cape a story of surviving the past and confronting the future written with wit and sharp observations.

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian, author of The Flight Attendant (May 4)

Historical thriller where a young Puritan woman plots her escape from a violent marriage.

Book Nation by Jen Q & A with author Chris Bohjalian

In the Event of Contact: Stories by Ethel Rohan (May 18)

Short Story Collection capturing the essence of being human.

Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen (May 4)

Debut novel about an immigrant Vietnamese family in New Orleans struggling to remain connected to one another.

Eartha & Kitt: A Daughter’s Love Story in Black and White by Kitt Shapiro (May 4)

An inspiring mother/daughter story by Kitt Shapiro, daughter of Eartha Kitt, a Black pioneer and artistic force.

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, author of Astonish Me (May 4)

Spanning the world, an unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course.

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Stay Tuned For These June Releases!

One Two Three by Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How it Always Is (June 8)

Laugh out loud tear jerker exemplifying how expanding our notions normal make the world a better place.

Blush by Jamie Brenner, author of The Forever Summer, The Husband Hour, The Wedding Sisters and Summer Longing (June 22)

Three generations of women discover trashy novels might help save their winery and help them find love.

What a Happy Family by Saumya Dave, author of Well-Behaved Indian Women (June 22)

Humor hides the truth in this moving women’s fiction novel that takes place in Atlanta.

Book Nation by Jen Q & A with author Saumya Dave

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh, author of I See You and I Let You Go (June 22)

A claustrophobic thriller set over twenty hours on an airplane flight.

Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard, author of The Best of Us: A Memoir (June 29)

The story of a family from young marriage to parenthood to divorce and how the mistakes of parents are passed down to fester or to be healed.

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