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12 Excellent Reads for July

  • FICTION

    THE GOLDEN HOUR

    JULY 9, 2019

ROMANCE

THE GOLDEN HOUR

by Beatriz Williams

A fresh take on the WWII love story, with a narrator who practically demands Myrna Loy come back to life to play her in the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL

    JULY 23, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL

by Michael Robotham

Robotham is a master plotter at the top of his form, and readers will surely hope to see more of his complicated new... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MAGGIE BROWN & OTHERS

    JULY 2, 2019

FICTION

MAGGIE BROWN & OTHERS

by Peter Orner

Insightful, rueful, and often humorous, this collection holds a mirror to contemporary life and gives the reader much to... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE NEED

    JULY 9, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE NEED

by Helen Phillips

Suspenseful and mysterious, insightful and tender, Phillips’ new thriller cements her standing as a deservedly celebrated... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    ELVIS IN VEGAS

    JULY 23, 2019

  • NONFICTION

    A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS

    JULY 30, 2019

  • FICTION

    MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE

    JULY 30, 2019

FICTION

MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE

by Sarah Elaine Smith

Bleak and vivid; Smith’s characters are as rich as her prose. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BECOMING SUPERMAN

    JULY 23, 2019

  • FICTION

    THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA

    JULY 23, 2019

FICTION

THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA

by J. Ryan Stradal

An absolutely delightful read, perfect for a summer day with a good beer and a piece of pie. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE PHILOSOPHER'S WAR

    JULY 16, 2019

FICTION

THE PHILOSOPHER'S WAR

by Tom Miller

A fantastic example of worldbuilding on a grand scale that combines cinematic action with historical accuracy to great... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER

    JULY 9, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE SUBSTITUTION ORDER

by Martin Clark

After a mistake, revenge is deeply satisfying—and so is this book. Full review >

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