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Nothing better than spending a summer day with a roaring good read, a book that delivers a powerful, well-paced story and arresting characters, like Smith Henderson's critically-acclaimed debut. Read more with Smith here.

Book Cover Image. Title: The Blessings, Author: Elise Juska

The Blessings

Elise Juska

Readers won't soon forget the Philadelphia Blessings and their big-hearted family. This resonant, deft debut-which reminds us of Alice McDermott's work--delivers an unforgettable portrait of an Irish-American family as the bonds between them are tested, fractured and realigned by life.  

Elise Juska

Book Cover Image. Title: Ruby, Author: Cynthia Bond

Ruby

Cynthia Bond

Ruby Bell was a constant reminder of what could befall a woman whose shoe heels got too high. East Texas in 1974 is a hard enough place to live - even for the faithful who call it home -- but it's far harder to forget in this unforgettable debut written with the weight of folklore.  

Cynthia Bond

Book Cover Image. Title: Remember Me Like This, Author: Bret Anthony Johnston

Remember Me Like This

Bret Anthony Johnston

A kidnapped child, returned safely to his family - a happy ending. But what if that happy ending is illusory? Our selection committee readers are still talking about this engrossing, deeply thoughtful story about family mythology and identity - a story that reminds us of Richard Russo's novels.  

Bret Anthony Johnston

Book Cover Image. Title: A Sting in the Tale:  My Adventures with Bumblebees, Author: Dave Goulson

A Sting in the Tale

Dave Goulson

We all need bumblebees. With the verve and wit of Bill Bryson, UK-based biology professor and conservationist Dave Goulson explains exactly how and why in this sparkling memoir. This is a terrific gift for gardeners or foodies, parents or graduates, as well as naturalists and fans of great writing. 

Dave Goulson

Book Cover Image. Title: Untamed:  The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island, Author: Will Harlan

Untamed

Will Harlan

This engaging debut is as much a study of a changing community and all its inhabitants -- human and animal --as it is a biography of a fearless, self-taught scientist (who knows more about sea turtles than most experts) and the lengths she'll go to protect what she believes in.  

Will Harlan