People’s Picks for Summer

The new issue of People magazine (6/20; not available online yet) lists their picks of “Great Summer Reads.”  Below are the fiction (and one nonfiction) titles. The listing also includes “Books for Cooks” and “Fun for Kids'”

Sister, Rosamund Lupton, Crown, June 7 — a debut that is on several other summer reading lists

Marriage Confidential, Pamela Hagg, Harper, May 12 — Nonfiction; Subtitle: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses and Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules

Sisterhood Everlasting, Ann Brasheres, Random House, June 14 — The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, ten years later

The Ghost of Greenwich Village, Lorna Graham, Ballantine, 6/28  — debut about a young woman who moves to NYC and finds her apartment has ghosts

Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson, Doubleday, 6/7 — there’s a lot of excitement about this thriller which looks at what would happen if our technology banded together and took control (a world of Hal’s). Spielberg has the rights, but what is most important is that Nancy Pearl calls this a “really good book.”

The First Husband, Laura Dave, Viking, May 12 — People calls it a “fresh, funny take on the search for a soul-mate.”

Long Gone, Alafair Burke, Harper, 6/21 — People says this mystery/thriller is “fast-paced fun.”

Maine, J. Courtney Sullivan, Knopf, 6/14 — following up on her best-selling debut, Commencement, this book uses the seasonal cliche of a family coming together in a summer beach house.

The Astral, Kate Christensen, Doubleday, 6/14 — People calls it “delicious social satire by the author of The Great Man.”

The Hypnotist, Lars Kepler, FSG, 6/21 — One of the many books expected to be “the next Stieg Larsson.” It may have the goods; People calls it “spellbinding.”

Escape, Barbara Delinsky, Doubleday, July 5 — A woman fulfills her dream of escaping from her everyday world.

What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn/Putnam, June 2 –Alice wakes up thinking she’s 29 and in love with her husband, when she is really 39 and definitely not. From Amy Einhorn, an editor with a good track record for spotting the “sweet spot” between literary and commercial.

Summer Rental, Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin’s, June 7 — Set on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, People says it is “worth a visit.”

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