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Sandy’s Selections: Great New Books to Read This Month

Summer is in full swing, and Sandy is sharing with us her recommendations for great new books to read this month. So, whether you are sitting by the pool, or relaxing on your couch in the air conditioning, these are the recently released books that should be close at hand.

The President is MissingThe President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

2018, #1 Best Selling Fiction

The President is Missing is an entertaining, cyberterrorism thriller that will leave you worried about our internet dependence. The reader can hear Clinton’s voice throughout most of this very readable Patterson formulaic book. There is an abundance of subplots with something for everyone that makes this a page turner! Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Memory Man by David Baldacci
17th Suspect by James Patterson
Rooster Bar by John Grisham

How Women RiseHow Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

2018, Self Help

How Women Rise offers a clear path forward for any woman seeking to generate more satisfaction out of her career. This is a brilliant adaptation of the book What Got You Here Will Not Get You There. The authors combine their expertise to give the reader 12 common habits that undermine women and keep them from becoming more successful at work and at home. Great food for thought! Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Confidence Code by Katty Kay
Women Who Work by Ivanka Trump
Gutsy Girl: Your Manifesto for Success by Kate White

Bring Me BackBring Me Back by B.A. Paris

2018, Psychological Thriller

Bring Me Back is a complicated story of a man in love with two sisters. One is his fiancé who mysteriously disappears; 10 years later he falls in love with his fiancé’s sister and plans to marry her. After their engagement announcement is in the local newspaper, villagers report sightings of #1 sister. Next, threatening e-mails arrive as well as mysterious little dolls. Whoever is behind these potential clues is terrorizing everyone in the village. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
The Wife Between Us by Greer Henricks
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

War on PeaceWar on Peace by Ronan Farrow

2018, Pulitzer Prize Winner for Public Service

The author of War On Peace bases his book on firsthand experience as a former State Department official and then as an investigative reporter. The book traces the abandonment of American diplomacy in favor of high tech military action from deep budget cuts in Clinton’s 1990s State Department to the proposed changes today. It’s time to review U.S. diplomacy. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Political Tribes by Amy Chua
World in Disarray by Richard Haass
Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky

How to Walk AwayHow to Walk Away by Katherine Center

2018, Fiction on NYT Best Seller List

How to Walk Away is a great feel-good beach book that’s a roller coaster ride from tragic trauma to preposterously happy ending! This is a heart warming story, written with wonderful style and wit, of a young woman whose life has been changed forever and it forces her to reckon with what – and who – truly matters in her life. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Small Great Things by Jodi Piccolt
After You by Jojo Moyes

My Ex-LifeMy Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley

2018, Dysfunctional Family Comedy

Two exes divorced almost 30 years ago are both at a crossroads in their lives. Whether you’re gay or straight, young or old, the themes of love and affection and the joy of sex and soul mates are of central importance. This light summer read with a bit of a darker edge is an amusing look at modern families. Prepare to laugh! Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney
Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley

Death by Mrs. WestawayDeath by Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

2018, Psychological Thriller

A distant relative inherits the family estate and it is a shock to the rest of the family. The story revolves around a case of mistaken identity that grows increasingly complicated and creepy. This murder mystery is different from Ware’s previous books, many of which have become best sellers, and has a very satisfying ending. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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