Summer 2019 promises to be a stellar reading season. The Great Thoughts’s list has you covered for all genres. Go forth, use sunscreen and read…
For the Fabulous Fiction Lovers…
The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional But Essentially True Silicon Valley Story by Jessica Powell is a rip-roaring comedy about big plans and bigger egos at the world’s largest tech company. Medium published this book as its first print book. A prince in exile is working as a product manager. The sales guys are battling with the engineers. The women employees are the unwitting subjects of a wild social experiment. Plan to laugh out loud!
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abby Waxman
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abby Waxman It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page. Such a feel-good book!
The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland
The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland- Sink or swim. Or at least that’s what Annette Feldman tells herself when she books a cruise for her entire family. It’s been over a decade since the Feldman clan has spent more than twenty-four hours under the same roof, but Annette is determined to celebrate her seventieth birthday the right way. Just this once, they are going to behave like an actual family. Too bad her kids didn’t get the memo. Plan a family trip soon or don’t!
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner– Jennifer Weiner wrote a super smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives. This book is perfection and everything!
Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers
Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers– In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands. Perfect for any woman who has tried to lose weight.
Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle- Belle thrills yet again in this riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long. Prepare to be blown away!
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger- Bestselling Alger mesmerizes again when worlds collide when an FBI agent investigates a string of grisly murders on Long Island that raises the impossible question: What happens when the primary suspect is your father? An OMG read that you cannot put down.
The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda
The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda- From the author of Best Day Ever, another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, No one creates a narcissist like Rouda. The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie. A Wow read that will have you floored.
Layover by David Bell
Layover by David Bell- In this high concept psychological suspense novel, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth. Read this one on a plane! The quintessential vacation read!
The Night Before by Wendy Walker
The Night Before by Wendy Walker- Riveting and compulsive, The Night Before takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control. A new definition of sisterly love!
A Taste For Historical Fiction…
The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis
The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis– Davis delivers the bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about the twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women’s lives. Fabulous dance through history.
The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin
The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin An American woman becomes entangled in the intense rivalry between iconic fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in this captivating novel. Their fierce competition reaches new and dangerous heights as the Nazis and the looming threat of World War II bear down on Paris. An exceedingly well-dressed historical catfight.
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, Meet Me in Monaco takse the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances… Royally fabulous!
Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen
Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen- A fabulous novel about an incredible woman… Helen Gurley Brown. It’s 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine’s brazen new editor-in-chief—Helen Gurley Brown—shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits… Hello Pussycat!
The Summer Country by Lauren Willig
The Summer Country by Lauren Willig– A brilliant, multigenerational saga in the tradition of The Thornbirds, The Summer Country delivers in a big, bold and ambitious novel—a sweeping Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados. Read with a tropical drink!
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams– Williams creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. A masterpiece!
Vacation Reads (or books to read if you wish you were vacationing)…
Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner
Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner– An unexpected inheritance, a promise broken, and four lives changed forever in the newest page-turner from Jamie Brenner. Drawn together in their battle for the house, Emma and Bea are forced to confront the past while facing a future that challenges everything they believe about love, fate, and family. You’ll want this house!
The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry
The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry- From Callahan Henry, here is a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive in a journey to discover the true meaning of home. A beautiful book!
The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe
The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe- From the amazing author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—we discover what is most important in life. Drink a hurricane and savor this book!
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand- Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand’s first historical novel. As always, Hilderbrand delivers a blockbuster. Captivating read!
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews- Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist. Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm. The reigning Queen of the beach read does it again! Here’s to Summer!
The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr
The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr- A delicious, sharp novel about a woman who jets off to France after her perfect marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivre—a lust for life, art, and steamy sex. A macaron of a novel!
Romancey Rom-Com Reads
Ayesha At Last by Usma Jalaluddin
Ayesha At Last by Usma Jalaluddin A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love. When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Khalid meet Mr. Darcy!
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang Hoang again delivers a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart… Khai Diep has no feelings. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. Hot Perfection!
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez Kristen Peterson doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children. Prepare to laugh and cry!
Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein
Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein Roth and her sister Sophie co-own a jewelry shop in Brooklyn. One night, after learning of an ex’s engagement, Eliza accidentally posts a photo of herself wearing a diamond ring on that finger to her Instagram account beloved by 100,000 followers. Sales skyrocket, press rolls in, and Eliza learns that her personal life is good for business. Fake fiancé anyone?
Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. A beautiful love story!
For the Non-Fiction Reader:
The Great Connecting: The Emergence of Global Broadband, and How That Changes Everything by Jim Cashel
The Great Connecting: The Emergence of Global Broadband, and How That Changes Everything by Jim Cashel- Right now, only half of the world’s population has internet access but very soon, the whole planet will be connected and everything will change. What will this transformative event in modern human history mean for society? The remarkable possibilities!
The Wrong End of the Table A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In by Ayser Salman
The Wrong End of the Table A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In by Ayser Salman You know that feeling like you’re at a party but all the good stuff is happening out of earshot (#FOMO)? What happens when a shy, awkward Arab girl with a weird name and an unfortunate propensity toward facial hair is uprooted from her comfortable homeland of Iraq and thrust into the cold, alien town of Columbus, Ohio—with its Egg McMuffins, Barbie dolls, and kids playing doctor everywhere you turned? A delightful page-turner.
Citizen Capitalism by Lynn Stout, Sergio Albert Gramitto, Tamara Belinfanti
Citizen Capitalism by Lynn Stout, Sergio Albert Gramitto, Tamara Belinfanti Corporations have a huge influence on the life of every citizen–this book offers a visionary but practical plan to give every citizen a say in how corporations are run while also gaining some supplemental income. It lays out a clear approach that uses the mechanisms of the private market to hold corporations accountable to the public. Unlock the positive power of corporations.
Andrea Peskind Katz is an avid reader, a book reviewer, and founder of the book blog Great Thoughts and Great Thought’s Great Readers Book Salon on Facebook.