8 Books to Read on 4th of July Weekend

Many parades and barbecues may be cancelled this year, so why not celebrate with a book? Escape the here and now and into the life of a fearless woman doing what you could only imagine or take delight in delicious secrets being revealed when their worlds fall apart. Strangers unite, families unravel, and the past comes to haunt our heroines; what could be more American?

 

We Came Here to Shine by Susie Orman Schnall 

 

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Take a trip back in time to the 1939 Word’s Fair, in beautiful New York City. Female friendship and ambition take center stage as our two heroines, Max, a plucky reporter tasked with covering the fair, and Vivi, a synchronized swimmer performing there, make their way in a man’s world. When their professional futures are put in jeopardy, it is only through working together can they make their dreams come true.

 

 

If You Must Know by Jamie Beck 

 

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Sisters Amanda Foster and Erin Turner couldn’t be less alike. Amanda is strictly type A; she follows the rules and tries to be perfect in all aspects of her life. Erin, meanwhile, is type B: go-with-the-flow, relaxed, and bohemian. This has always put them at odds, but when Amanda’s picture-perfect world beings to crumble, Erin is the only one who can help her put it back together, confronting unsettling truths and long-buried secrets in the process.

 

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner 

 

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This national bestselling novel follows a disparate group of people—a doctor, a young widow, a starlet, and more—who come together to same Jane Austen’s final home in Chawton, England, and preserve her legacy. In the post World War II era, they each have their own struggles to work through, but they come together in their love of Austen to do something remarkable and celebrate their victories, large and small.

 

 

Luz by Debra Thomas

 

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There are things that Alma Cruz will never tell her daughter, Luz. Chief among them being the full story of what happened when she and her sister, Rosa, crossed the border to California in 2000 in search of their father. Luz is that story. Alma and Rosa pool their resources with a group of brothers that they met on the way, adopting them as brothers, and one becomes Alma’s first love. 

 

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

 

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From New York Times bestselling author of The Other Woman comes this heart-pumping thriller. When Jess shows up, DNA test in hand, claiming to be Kate and Lauren’s half sister, their mother, Rose, is devastated. Her recently deceased husband, Harry, had a secret daughter? While Kate and Lauren refuse to believe Jess’s story, it does start to unravel the secrets they hid from one another and shake the foundations of the world that they had so carefully constructed.

 

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

 

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Told in vignettes, this novel follows a young Palestinian American woman as she grows up and figures out who she is and who she wants to be. Beginning with an incident when she was just 12 years old, where a group of men yelled at her for exposing her legs in a biblical city, it follows her as she comes out of the closet, becomes a sought-after DJ, and is diagnosed with “Love Addiction.”

 

 

 

The Secret Women by Sheila Williams 

 

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When Elise Armstrong, Carmen Bradshaw, and DeeDee Davis met in a yoga class, they only had one thing in common; their mothers had all recently passed away. Bonding over their shared loss, they agree to meet up monthly to help each other sort through the belongings their mothers left behind. They soon find that their mothers all had secrets, and that in death, they had given their daughters the one thing they had most needed—other women to lean on.

 

I’d Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos

 

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Everything changed in an instant for Ginny Beale when she was eighteen. While most of her hometown believes that a troubled teen set the fire that killed everyone in the auditorium—including everyone Ginny loves—she discovered the truth. For the next two decades, she buries the secret, marrying a quiet man, Harris, and raising their daughter together. But when Harris becomes embroiled in a scandal, their world crumbles and the truth comes out.

Happy reading!

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