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6/19/2020: Summer reading list from USA Today

Thank you to USA Today for this great list -- Summer reading: 20 new books you won't want to miss.

All the mini reviews are from the USA Today article.

Books: 
The Girl from Widow Hills: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781501165429
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 23rd, 2020

Arden Maynor became the famous “girl from Widow Hills” when a storm swept her away as a child and she was found alive days later, clinging to a storm drain. She grows up, leaves town and changes her name, but 20 years later she’s about to become the center of the story again in this tale of psychological suspense.


A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250754769
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 30th, 2020

Cooper tells the moving true story of the first all-Black high school rowing team in the U.S., of which he was a part. This group of young Black men from Chicago’s West Side would face adversity to transform the sport – and their own lives.


This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062890597
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 30th, 2020

Lawson makes no apologies about being major. In a fierce and funny new voice comes a collection essays, personal stories and pop-culture observations that asks questions like: Why are Black women invisible to AI? What is “Black girl magic”? Am I one viral tweet away from becoming Twitter famous?


Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

After she receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for help, Noemí Taboada heads to her distant house in the Mexican countryside. An isolated mansion. A charismatic aristocrat. A brave and glamorous debutante drawn to expose their secrets. This is gothic horror, with a twist.


Home Before Dark: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524745172
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Published: Dutton - June 30th, 2020

Interior designer Maggie Holt inherits a spooky Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. She doesn’t believe in ghost stories – not even her own father’s – but that doesn’t mean the house isn’t haunted.


The Heir Affair (The Royal We #2) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538715918
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

From the hilarious writers of celebrity fashion site Go Fug Yourself comes the follow-up to their winning “The Royal We.” After marrying the heir to the throne, Rebecca "Bex" Porter adjusts to life in the British royal family and must survive her own scandal.


Antkind: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399589683
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Published: Random House - July 7th, 2020

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of the singular and wonderfully weird “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Being John Malkovich” releases his first novel, a 700-plus-page postmodern tome about a neurotic film critic who discovers what is possibly the greatest movie ever made.


A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101906323
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Published: Crown - July 14th, 2020

The “Saturday Night Live” head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor tells his life story with a healthy dose of self-deprecation and takes readers behind the scenes of “SNL.”


Utopia Avenue: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780812997439
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Published: Random House - July 14th, 2020

The “Cloud Atlas” author takes readers to the golden age of rock music to tell the story of fictional British band Utopia Avenue.


The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982157999
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2020

The beloved “Jeopardy!” host and game-show icon, moved by the support and goodwill he received from fans all over the world following his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, finally tells his life story in this charming memoir.


Midnight Sun Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780316707046
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

The long-anticipated retelling of the original “Twilight” novel from vampire Edward Cullen’s perspective has been teased for over a decade. “It’s definitely darker, and I would say more desperate,” Meyer says of the new book.


The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

The heart-wrenching story of a Nigerian family’s struggle to understand a gender-nonconforming child.


Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062873040
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Published: Harper - August 4th, 2020

In this personal exploration of the Great Migration, in which six 6 million Black Americans left their homes in the South between 1916 and 1970 for jobs elsewhere, Jerkins recreates her ancestors’ journeys across the country.


Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

A young Black woman trying to make her way as an artist becomes infatuated with an older, white married man in an open marriage and becomes messily entangled in his family life.


Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501196232
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2020

A journalist and avid equestrian explores why so many people are obsessed with horses in a funny, fascinating and ultimately moving love letter to one of the world’s most beloved animals.


Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524746964
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Published: Pantheon - August 25th, 2020

The renowned environmental activist and consumer advocate (you might know her from the Oscar-winning Julia Roberts film) writes about the imminent threats to our most precious natural resource and how we can take action to protect it.


Winter Counts: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062968944
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Published: Ecco - August 25th, 2020

When justice is denied, Virgil Wounded Horse turns vigilante on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota to track down the source of a heroin influx in this thrilling work of crime fiction.


A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984825780
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Published: Crown - September 8th, 2020

In this riveting memoir, Barnett, an award-winning attorney dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system, shares her harrowing fight to free jailed victims of draconian drug-sentencing laws.


What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593296226
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Published: Penguin Press - September 8th, 2020

The Oscar Award-winning actress and committed activist sounds the alarm on looming climate disaster, providing readers with actions they can take to create positive change in a world on the brink.


We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062992260
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Published: Harper - September 22nd, 2020

In this memoir and call to action, the late Baltimore congressman and civil rights advocate, who was known for saying “We’re better than this,” takes us behind the scenes of modern-day politics and shares the defining moments of his own life.