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Summer Reads: Books To Buy July 2011

Posted by Tammy | Tuesday July 5, 20115 comments

Summer is officially here! It's time for you to relax, grab a book, and read until your heart's content. Here are July's new releases to curl up with in a hammock.

This Must Be The Place by Kate Racculia
$16.99, Griffin
Mona Jones and her daughter, Oneida, formed a lonely but perfectly insular family unit. One day, Arthur Rook shows up, carrying a pink shoe box containing all his late wife's memories including a postcard addressed to Mona that was never sent. The contents of the box begins to fit together to tell a story of one powerful friendship, lost love, and a life altering secret.

Four Kitchens: My Life Behind The Burner In New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris by Lauren Shockey
$27.99, Grand Central Publishing
Lauren Shockey discovered that her real culinary education wouldn't begin until she actually worked in a restaurant so she hatched a plan for her dream year: to apprentice in four high-end restaurants around the world. Shockey tells us what really goes on behind the scenes in haute cuisine, and includes original recipes integrating the techniques and flavors she learned along the way.

Dangerous Pleasure by Lora Leigh
$16.99, Griffin Original
When Abram Mustafa's terrorist father kidnaps the one woman, Paige, who has ever been able to touch his soul, he knew that he would have to plan to escape his home to save her. Dangerous desires will pull Abram and Paige together as the forces surrounding them try to tear them apart.

Home And Away: A Story Of Family In A Time Of War by David and Nancy French
$16.99, Center Street Trade
Written from the perspectives of both wife and husband, this story recounts the challenges and triumphs of a family during wartime. David was a father of two, a Harvard Law graduate and a president of a free speech organization. He decided to answer the call to serve his nation, leaving his wife Nancy raising their two children at home. Home And Away chronicles a family at war—a husband in Iraq, a wife and children at home, greeting each day with hope and fear, facing the challenge with determination, tears, and joy.

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
$26.99, Reagan Arthur Books
Lizzie Hood and Evie Verver are thirteen-year-olds that are inseparable. To Lizzie, Evie's family is perfect. One day, Evie disappears and the only clue is a maroon sedan Lizzie spotted earlier in the day. Everyone turns to Lizzie for answers and Lizzie takes up her own pursuit to find the truth, pushing herself to the dark center of Evie's world. Lizzie uncovers secrets and lies that make her wonder if she knew her best friend at all.

The Last Dog On The Hill: The Extraordinary Life Of Lou by Steve Duno
$16.99, Griffin
This tells the story of a young Rottweiler mix who went on to change the lives of hundreds, won the respect of gang members, foiled an armed robbery, amassed a vocabulary of nearly 200 words, helped rehabilitate aggressive dogs, and was best friends to Steve for 16 years. His inspiring story will touch the hearts of anyone who has ever loved a dog.

The Odds by Kathleen George
$16.99, Griffin
Four children, while trying to cope with the desertion of their stepmother, find a dead man and a wounded man in an abandoned house. The children decide to help the injured man, while a detective pursuing an investigation puts their plan in jeopardy.

Burnt Mountains by Anne Rivers Siddons
$28.99, Grand Central Publishing
Thayer Wentworth was a tomboy growing up and had only felt at home at her summer cap, Camp Greyledge on Burnt Mountain in Georgia. It was there she met her first love and first heartbreak, Nick Abrams. Years later, Thayer marries an Irish professor, Aengus. Aengus was invited to the camp to tell old Irish tales to campers. As Aengus spends less and less time at home, Thayer must confront dark secrets, about her mother, her first love, and the most devastating of all, her husband.

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on August 03, 2011  TammyK  1,073 said:

@ MaryGorgeous - Really? I can't wait to read it. I pre-ordered it on Amazon last month but I got an email saying that there's been a delay and I still don't have it :(. I read great reviews about it and you liking it just reinforces that fact that I NEED to read that book!

on August 01, 2011  MaryGorgeous  1,616 said:

TammyK and jskim07, Last Dog on the Hill is rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreally good. I loved it, it really moved me :)

on July 05, 2011  AlexJC  50 said:

I am excited to read Four Kitchens- I love cooking and baking and I really like the idea of reading a memoir during the summer.

on July 05, 2011  jskim07  50 said:

I agree, @Tammy...Dogs Books = my kind of summer!

on July 05, 2011  TammyK  1,073 said:

I want to read The Last Dog On The Hill so bad I even pre-ordered it on amazon! So I'm excited for it to come this month that's for sure.

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