Vacation -or- Staycation Reads

Whether you're leaving home or staying put, two or three good books are a necessity for whiling away the hot sunny hours, on a beach or on your own front porch, a place I can be found buried in a book. This list includes new releases, a few about-to-be-released titles, and some books to make your summer days more complete. Enjoy — and be sure to let us know what you think — curator Vick.

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Banyan Moon: A Novel By Thao Thai Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063267107
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Published: Mariner Books - June 27th, 2023

Spanning decades and continents, from 1960s Vietnam to the wild swamplands of the Florida coast, "Banyan Moon" is a stunning and deeply moving story of mothers and daughters, the things we inherit, and the lives we choose to make out of that inheritance. “A celebration of life in all its forms and a joy to read.” — Christina Baker Kline


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Demon Copperhead: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780063251922
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Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote "David Copperfield" from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. "Demon Copperhead" speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.


Rogue Justice: A Thriller (Avery Keene #2) By Stacey Abrams Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385548328
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Published: Doubleday - May 23rd, 2023

Stacey Abrams returns with another riveting and intricately plotted thriller, in which a blackmailed federal judge, a secret court and a brazen murder may lead to an unprecedented national crisis. This is book number 2 in the Avery Keene series.


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Return to Valetto: A Novel By Dominic Smith Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374607685
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 13th, 2023

From the bestselling author of "The Last Painting of Sara de Vos," Dominic Smith’s Return to Valetto tells of a nearly abandoned Italian village, the family that stayed, and long-buried secrets from World War II.


Fairy Tale By Stephen King Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781668002193
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Published: Scribner - June 6th, 2023

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for that world or ours.


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The Wind Knows My Name: A Novel By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by)
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780593598108
Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2023

“The lives of a Jewish boy escaping Nazi-occupied Europe and a mother and daughter fleeing twenty-first-century El Salvador intersect in this ambitious, intricate novel about war and immigration." — People 

Allende’s storytelling walks a lyrical romanticism on roads imposed by social and political turmoil.”—NPR


Hula: A Novel By Jasmin Iolani Hakes Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780063276987
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Published: HarperVia - May 2nd, 2023

Set in Hilo, Hawai’i, a sweeping saga of tradition, culture, family, history, and connection that unfolds through the lives of three generations of women—a tale of mothers and daughters, dance and destiny.


Love, Theoretically By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593336861
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Published: Berkley - June 13th, 2023

Rival physicists collide in a vortex of academic feuds and fake dating shenanigans in this delightfully STEMinist romcom. "The reigning queen of STEM romance."—The Washington Post


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The Bookbinder: A Novel By Pip Williams Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593600443
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 25th, 2023

A young British woman working in a book bindery gets a chance to pursue knowledge and love when World War I upends her life in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club pick "The Dictionary of Lost Words."


Ink Blood Sister Scribe: A Novel By Emma Törzs Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063253469
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Published: William Morrow - May 30th, 2023

In this spellbinding debut novel, two estranged half-sisters tasked with guarding their family’s library of magical books must work together to unravel a deadly secret at the heart of their collection—a tale of familial loyalty and betrayal, and the pursuit of magic and power.


Homebodies: A Novel By Tembe Denton-Hurst Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063274280
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Published: Harper - May 2nd, 2023

Urgent, propulsive, and strikingly insightful, Homebodies is a thrilling debut novel about a young Black writer whose world is turned upside down when she loses her coveted job in media and pens a searing manifesto about racism in the industry.

A Best LGBTQ Book of 2023 by Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan


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The Little Village of Book Lovers: A Novel By Nina George Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593157886
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 25th, 2023

A young woman with the extraordinary power to bring soulmates together searches for her own true love in this tender, lyrical standalone novel inspired by the “bona fide international hit” (The New York Times Book Review) "The Little Paris Bookshop."


Quietly Hostile: Essays By Samantha Irby Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593315699
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Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2023

"Absolutely hilarious.... If you are feeling down, or you feel like you haven't read anything you've loved in a long time, all you need is Samantha Irby.... She will make you laugh on every page." — Emma Straub


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Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon By Melissa L. Sevigny Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393868234
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 23rd, 2023

"Brave the Wild River" is a spellbinding true-story adventure of two women (University of Michigan botanists in the 1930s) who risked their lives to make an unprecedented botanical survey of a defining landscape in the American West, at a time when human influences had begun to change it forever.


Bad Summer People: A Novel By Emma Rosenblum Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250887009
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 23rd, 2023

"This roiling beach community satire serves up wicked, clever fun that is White Lotus sharp." —Kevin Kwan 

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF SUMMER 2023: Bustle, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, PopSugar, Bloomberg, Vogue, and more!


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The Last Lifeboat By Hazel Gaynor Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593440315
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Published: Berkley - June 13th, 2023

When a Nazi U-boat torpedoes the S. S. Carlisle carrying a ship of children to Canada, a single lifeboat is left adrift in the storm-tossed Atlantic. Alice and Lily, strangers to each other—one on land, the other at sea—will quickly become one another’s very best hope as their lives are fatefully entwined.


You Are Here: A Novel By Karin Lin-Greenberg Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781640095434
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Published: Counterpoint - May 2nd, 2023

Exploring how the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves are inextricably bound to the places we call home, "You Are Here" is a keenly perceptive and deeply humane portrait of a community in transition, ultimately illuminating the magical connections that can bloom from the ordinary wonder of our everyday lives.


Pageboy: A Memoir By Elliot Page Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250878359
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 6th, 2023

Full of intimate stories, from chasing down secret love affairs to battling body image and struggling with familial strife, "Pageboy" is a love letter to the power of being seen. With this evocative and lyrical debut, Oscar-nominated star Elliot Page captures the universal human experience of searching for ourselves and our place in this complicated world.


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The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club) By Abraham Verghese Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780802162175
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2023

A shimmering evocation of a bygone India and of the passage of time itself, "The Covenant of Water" is a hymn to progress in medicine and to human understanding, and a humbling testament to the difficulties undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. It is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.


The Five-Star Weekend By Elin Hilderbrand Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316258777
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 13th, 2023

From the New York Times bestselling author of "The Hotel Nantuckett":After tragedy strikes, food blogger Hollis Shaw gathers four friends from different stages in her life to spend an unforgettable weekend on Nantucket.


Oh My Mother!: A Memoir in Nine Adventures By Connie Wang Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593490921
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Published: Viking - May 9th, 2023

“Mother and daughter relationships are always tricky but this peripatetic pair has outdone all of us with this most excellent adventure written by my namesake, author Connie Wang.” —Connie Chung


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The River You Touch: Making a Life on Moving Water By Chris Dombrowski Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781639550630
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 11th, 2022

"This is a touching tribute to nature and fatherhood. A poet and fly-fishing guide in love with the wilds of Montana, Detroit transplant Chris Dombrowski's sensitive treatise on the birth and raising of his three children and being a good citizen to the planet is a lesson on paying attention to the natural world in which we reside." — Vick


The Celebrants: A Read with Jenna Pick (A Novel) By Steven Rowley Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593540428
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 30th, 2023

A Big Chill for our times, celebrating decades-long friendships and promises—especially to ourselves—by the bestselling and beloved author of "The Guncle."


Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF SUMMER 2022 by: Chicago Tribune * The View * Southern Living * USA Today


The Whispers: A Novel By Ashley Audrain Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984881694
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - June 6th, 2023

From the New York Times bestselling author of "The Push", a propulsive page-turner about four families whose lives are changed when the unthinkable happens—and what is lost when we give in to our own worst impulses.

Featured in summer reading recommendations by Good Morning America, TIME, ELLE, and The Washington Post


That Summer Feeling By Bridget Morrissey Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593549247
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Published: Berkley - May 30th, 2023

When a divorced woman attends a sleepaway camp for adults, she reconnects with a man from her past—only to fall head over heels for his sister instead. 

A Book Riot Best Romance Book of Summer 2023  A Buzzfeed Romance Book To Look Out For In 2023  A Paste Magazine Most Anticipated Contemporary Romance Book of 2023


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Horse: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780399562969
Published: Viking - June 14th, 2022

"Yes, this is a story of a horse...and not just any horse, but one of the most celebrated racehorses in America. It is also much more than that.

Brooks uses the story of the horse to tell us a story about America, about race, money, and power in both the antebellum South and the current day North. Various threads are woven so skillfully into a tapestry that it is somehow a surprise how heartbreaking it is when finally seen in its entirety." — Gwen


A Life of One's Own: Nine Women Writers Begin Again By Joanna Biggs Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063073104
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Published: Ecco - May 16th, 2023

In A Life of One’s Own, Mary Wollstonecraft, George Eliot, Zora Neale Hurston, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Sylvia Plath, Toni Morrison, and Elena Ferrante are all taken down from their pedestals, their work and lives seen in a new light. Joanna wanted to learn more about the conditions these women needed to write their best work, and how they addressed the questions she herself was struggling with: Is domesticity a trap? Is life worth living if you have lost faith in the traditional goals of a woman? Why is it so important for women to read one another?

This is a radical and intimate examination of the unconventional paths these women took—their pursuits and achievements but also their disappointments and hardships. And in exploring the things that gave their lives the most meaning, we find fuel for our own singular intellectual paths. 


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The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man By David Von Drehle Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476773926
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 23rd, 2023

"Soon after moving to Kansas City, MO in 2007, author David Von Drehle met his neighbor Charlie White. Charlie at that time was 102 years old and was as spry and active as a person many decades younger. Over the next seven years, Charlie shared stories that described life before common usage of automobiles, telephones, even electricity (one of his earliest jobs was helping to install electricity and light fixtures in homes). Charlie’s ability to survive and even thrive through family tragedy, private trauma, war, cultural change, and advances in his chosen field (medicine – anesthesiology in particular) gives us all a glimpse into how we can all rise above the difficulties in our life. The story of Charlie’s life is fascinating and so unique, but the deeper questions of his adaptability through a period of incredible change is even more impressive." — Tom


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Crow Mary: A Novel By Kathleen Grissom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476748474
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2023

From “a tremendously gifted storyteller” (Jim Fergus, author of "The Vengeance of Mothers"), "Crow Mary" is a “tender, compelling, and profoundly educational and satisfying read” (Sadeqa Johnson, author of "The Yellow Wife)" that sweeps across decades, showcasing the beauty of the natural world, while at the same time probing the intimacies of a marriage and one woman’s heart.


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The Birthday Party By Laurent Mauvignier, Daniel Levin Becker (Translator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781945492655
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Published: Transit Books - February 7th, 2023

Told in rhythmic, propulsive prose that weaves seamlessly from one consciousness to the next over the course of a day, Laurent Mauvignier's "The Birthday Party" is a deft unraveling of the stories we hide from others and from ourselves, a gripping tale of the violent irruptions of the past into the present, written by a major contemporary French writer.


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The Baseball 100 By Joe Posnanski Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982180591
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 7th, 2023

A magnum opus from acclaimed baseball writer Joe Posnanski, "The Baseball 100" is an audacious, singular, and masterly book that took a lifetime to write. The entire story of baseball rings through a countdown of the 100 greatest players in history, with a foreword by George Will.

“An instant sports classic.” —New York Post * “Stellar.” —The Wall Street Journal * “A true masterwork…880 pages of sheer baseball bliss.” —BookPage (starred review) * “This is a remarkable achievement.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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Spring Rain: A Life Lived in Gardens By Marc Hamer Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781778400278
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Published: Greystone Books - April 4th, 2023

Best enjoyed in a single sitting under the shade of a tree, this inventive and curative book captures the moment when an adventurous young boy who traveled the world in his mind meets the old man he becomes. Together, they build a new garden from a neglected plot behind his house on the edge of town.

"Marc Hamer knows how to live--simply, sparely, reverently, abundantly. "Spring Rain" is a tonic for the soul."--Sy Montgomery, author of "How to Be A Good Creature" and "The Soul of an Octopus"