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This year's top summer reads

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Whether you're hitting the road or the beach, Amazon's editors want to make sure you have the perfect book.
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THE PERFECT COUPLE by Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer read. The latest book by this Nantucket-based writer once again takes place on that island—right before a fabulous wedding ceremony is about to begin, a body washes up on shore, making everyone in the party a suspect.
The cover of the book The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
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LOVE AND RUIN by Paula McLain
Readers will know Paula Mclain as the author of The Paris Wife, a gripping novel about Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to Hadley Richardson. Love and Ruin traces the marriage between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, a fiercely independent woman who traveled to Spain to cover the war and fell for the man who was about to write For Whom The Bell Tolls. This will make Mclain’s fans happy.
The cover of the book Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
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CALYPSO by David Sedaris
Sedaris has always been funny. With Calypso, he sets his powers of observation on middle age and mortality, which makes this book darkly funny. And maybe even a little deeper.
The cover of the book Calypso by David Sedaris.
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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS by Lauren Weisberger
If you loved The Devil Wears Prada then When Life Gives You Lululemons is what you want in your beach bag this summer. Look out, Real Housewives wannabes because 30-something Emily Charlton (former assistant to Miranda Priestly) has arrived in the posh and pretentious Greenwich, Connecticut suburbs to help a friend. Peppered with real time scandals, this novel is a laugh-out-loud funny look at rich people behaving badly and the steel bonds of true female friendship.
The cover of When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
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CIRCE by Madeleine Miller
Circe is born to the mightiest of Titans, Helios. That might sound boring to some people, but she’s an odd girl who possesses the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Zeus banishes her to a desert island, which does not make her happy. Violence, drama, and even love ensue. This is, ahem, on the heels of her big best seller The Song of Achilles.
The cover of the book The Circe
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I AM STILL ALIVE by Kate Alice Marshall
A young adult thriller that cleaves to the theme of the year: survivalist women. In I Am Still Alive, Jess Cooper survives the death of her mother, the murder of the father she was only recently reunited with, and then the Canadian wilderness. And she’s got revenge on her mind. A compulsive read that will appeal to thriller fans in their teens and beyond.
The cover of the book I Am Still Alive
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THE ANOMALY by Michael Rutger
All you need is a young archaeologist, a decades-old conspiracy, and a cave in the Grand Canyon to set off this thriller that’s reminiscent of Crichton, Dan Brown, and even Stephen King. This is a big fun thriller.
The cover of the book The Anomaly
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CITY OF DEVILS by Paul French
Here is a nonfiction book that will keep your attention on the beach. City of Devils is the story of two men who ruled underground Shanghai in the 1930s, told in alternating chapters from their own points of view. The characters are fascinating, the setting is riveting, and their stories read like a noir thriller.
The cover of City of Devils by Paul French
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