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5 Summer Books to Pack on a Last-Minute Vacay

Whether you're heading out of town or just to bed, these new releases will grab you from page one


Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford (St. Martin’s Press, $31)

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
If you liked: Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Evelyn Beegan has been pushed to take her place on the Upper East Side by her cold, social-climbing mother, butgasp!they’re not exactly old money. Looking to make her own name for herself, she lands a job at a new social network aimed at high society and finds herself hobnobbing all over the Eastern Seaboard. But when her family’s status takes a downturn, Evelyn struggles to keep her new world from imploding. A social satire with heart made for sharing with friends so you can talk about it afterward.

$35.95, Riverheard Books

Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes (Riverheard Books, $36)

Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
If you liked: How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
Holmes’ first collection of short stories shoots sparks with smart writing and a strong voice. In the title story, Barbara poignantly navigates high school slut-shaming; in “Pearl and the Swiss Guy Fall in Love,” Pearl realizes she’s stuck with an emotional freeloader when she really prefers solitude with her dog. A bold debut that teems with tiny moments that make great fiction so relatable.

Black Feathers by Robert J. Wiersema, $24.99, Harper Collins

Black Feathers by Robert J. Wiersema, (Harper Collins, $25)

Black Feathers by Robert J. Wiersema
If you liked: Horns by Joe Hill
Cassie is a teenage runaway new to Victoria’s homeless community who harbours dark, real-or-not? memories of her childhood and suffers from vivid nightmares. A bloodthirsty, nameless presence preys on Cassie’s new circle, looking for victims. One woman is found deadthe same woman Cassie dreamed about murdering the night before. Are her nightmares real? Who or what is stalking them? Wiersema’s twisty, creepy thriller has a horror bent and addictive pace. Read on a rainy cottage night (if you don’t scare easily).

The Rocks by Peter Nicholls (Penguin Cnaada,

The Rocks by Peter Nichols (Penguin Publishing Group, $36)

The Rocks by Peter Nichols
If you liked: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters
Immerse yourself in the olive groves, sun-soaked beaches and boho dreaminess of Mallorca’s ex-pat community over a 60-year saga of two families. Free-spirited Lulu Davenport and stolid sailor Gerald Rutledge were married briefly in 1948. Sixty years later, although they both live on the tiny island, they have successfully avoided each other and do not speak. So what happened? Nichols tells the story backwards, revealing the root of their antagonistic relationship and how it has affected their grandchildren, children and the people around them. Gorgeously descriptive with memorably flawed characters and a final twist that will actually surprise you.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (Doubleday Cnada, $35)

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (Doubleday Canada, $34)

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
If You Liked: Anything by Judy Blume, especially Summer Sisters
It’s 1987, and Miri Ammerman has returned to her New Jersey hometown for the commemoration of a tragic event which occurred when she was fifteen. Blume takes us back to 1952 and into a world of richly drawn characters and the knowing insight we all come to expect from her tales of adolescence. It’s a story of friendship, love and the passion that can fuel both, based on a similar event the authore experienced as a young teen.

Read excerpts from three of summer’s buzziest new books:
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell

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