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Most Anticipated Book Releases for Summer 2023

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Looking for a captivating book to enjoy during the dog days of summer? Sit back, relax, get a refreshing drink and enjoy these anticipated book releases in July and August. 

“Hello Stranger” by Katherine Center | July 11

As a struggling artist, Sadie Montgomery seizes the opportunity to showcase her work as a finalist in a portrait competition, which is set to take place the same day as an important surgery she needs. After the surgery, she is no longer able to see faces. 

After her companion and dog, Peanut, gets sick, she takes him to a veterinarian, Dr. Addison. In juggling her affection for Dr. Addison and having to deal with her obnoxious neighbor, Joe, Sadie navigates her haunting past and new future to hopefully find happiness.

“Light Bringer” by Pierce Brown | July 25

As part of the Red Rising Saga, “Light Bringer” continues the thrilling series with The Reaper, a legend, myth, savior and leader; but, there is a twist.

“But the Reaper is also Darrow, born of the red soil of Mars: a husband, a father, a friend. The worlds once needed the Reaper. But now they need Darrow. Because after the dark age will come a new age: of light, of victory, of hope,” the official synopsis reads.

“One of Us is Back” by Karen M. McManus | July 25

McManus is the New York Times bestselling author of “One of Us Is Lying” and “One of Us Is Next.” 

For a book all about secrets, hidden meaning and vengeance, read this story about the Bayview Crew, who has to navigate the death of Simon and negotiate with the game that makes crew members mysteriously disappear. 

“Simon was right about secrets–they all come out in the end,” the official synopsis reads. 

“Family Lore” by Elizabeth Acevedo | August 1

Flor can predict the exact day that people will die, so she decides to host a living wake. 

“Has Flor forseen her own death, or someone else’s? Does she have other motives?” the official synopsis reads.

For those looking for a book of sisterly secrets, tumultuous cousins, weaving of past and present and family history, “Family Lore” is the perfect book. Read to find out what happens to Matilde, Pastora, Camila, Ona and Yadi: will their bonds become stronger or will the family break down?

“Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett | August 1

Best-selling author of “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House,” author Ann Patchett returns with this heartfelt story about love, family and growth. Set in 2020, three women return to their home orchard in Michigan for COVID-19 isolation. During this isolation, the daughters ask their mother to tell stories about her youth.

Through these stories, the daughters begin to question their own choices and analyze their own place in the world.

Alexis Lewis


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