10 Best Beach Reads for June 2014
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Warm-Weather Reads1 of 11
By Katherine Berg
Summer. The season of leisurely mornings and long afternoons, hot sand and cold drinks—and books you just can't put down. Here's a list of ten great ones for June 2014.
The Lemon Grove2 of 11
In Helen Walsh's steamy read, 40-something Jenn, and her husband Greg have escaped to the island of Mallorca for a week of rest and relaxation. But their calm is punctured by the arrival of Jenn's step-daughter and her boyfriend. Let's just say that Jenn and the boyfriend really hit it off, and Jenn's vacation heats up with the kind of wild sexual tension that promises to reawaken her life and also destroy it.
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China Dolls3 of 11
Best-selling author Lisa See's historical novel begins in 1938 in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown. Three showgirls, Helen, Grace, and Ruby, meet at an audition for a coveted showgirl role at the fashionable "Oriental" nightclub and become fast friends. But when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, a story of a friendship blossoming in a small, glamorous world becomes one of high-stakes betrayal prompted by the xenophobia that roils their country.
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Elizabeth Is Missing4 of 11
Emma Healey's first novel, a psychological mystery, is a poignant story about devotion, loss, and memory. Elizabeth Is Missing is the story of Maud, an elderly woman who is growing increasingly forgetful. And yet despite her faltering mind, Maud is certain of one thing: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. With the help of handwritten reminders to herself, Maud navigates the difficult present and her memories of a distant past to solve the mystery.
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The Fever5 of 11
Panic ripples through an idyllic suburban town when a mysterious illness starts spreading from one teenage girl to another. As the community confronts the contagion, a chain of deep secrets is exposed, leaving families reeling and friendships broken. Author Megan Abbot brings the conventions of classic noir into the tales of modern teenagers, all the while writing sentence after sentence of stunning prose.
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A Replacement Life6 of 11
It's the least beachy book of the bunch here, but Boris Fishman's debut novel is riveting enough to read anytime. Slava Gelman, a failed journalist, reluctantly takes on the job of forging Holocaust restitution claims for elderly Russian Jews. As he does, Slava finds himself grappling with the heavy burdens of family, history, and ambition with a dark humor that makes the book both entertaining and profound.
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The Matchmaker7 of 11
In need of a good cry? Elin Hildebrand's latest tearjerker should be plenty cathartic. In The Matchmaker, we meet Dabney Kimball Beech, a woman with a long history of successful matchmaking. When she learns she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she makes it her mission to find love for the ones she loves most—her daughter, her husband, and even her lover.
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The Ways of the Dead8 of 11
When the daughter of a powerhouse D.C. judge is found murdered, the police rush to arrest three young black men, and the city wants a conviction. But when the rebellious journalist Sully Carter starts digging in to the case, he becomes convinced that there's a whole lot more to the story. Inspired by the real-life Princeton Place murders of the 1990s, The Ways of the Dead is a compulsively readable mystery layered with the complexities of race, politics, and media.
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The Book of Unknown Americans9 of 11
Told through multiple narrators, Christina Henríquez's novel gives voice to a small community of "unknown" immigrants. They all live in a single Delaware apartment complex, where an unlikely romance grows between a Panamanian boy and a beautiful Mexican girl, who has suffered a brain injury. Each narrator speaks directly to the reader, telling a story of mixed blessings, young love, hope and heartbreak.
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Before the Flock10 of 11
This romp of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll is set in the endless summer of the SoCal rock scene of the 1980s. It's the story of a band called Thunderstick that may or may not be destined for greatness, and a girl named Sophie who is definitely destined for supermodel-dom. All rock stars and supermodels were once just teenagers with big dreams, and writer David Inglish never forgets this as he weaves a story that's as intimate as it is epic, and as hilarious as it is tender.
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Cop Town11 of 11
Karin Slaughter's thriller brings us to Atlanta in 1974, where a police officer has just been brutally murdered. It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the whole city—including her fellow officers—seems ready to eat her alive. But when Kate is paired up with Maggie, another female cop determined to prove her worth, they find themselves pushed into the darkest reaches of their city alone, trusting nothing but their own investigative instincts.
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