Summer Picks 2020 Adult Titles

Adult summer picks and reviews are listed below.

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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Sixteen-year-old identical twins, Stella and Desiree Vignes disappear from their hometown in the deep South in 1954. The story opens 14 years later when Desiree returns with a daughter; and the hope of finding out what happened to her twin sister. Vanishing Half is a multigenerational family story that explores race and identity. 

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020


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Three Hours in Paris Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641290418
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Published: Soho Crime - April 7th, 2020

During World War II, Adolf Hitler spent three hours in Paris, a fact that intrigued author Cara Black and inspired her novel. Black’s heroine, American Kate Rees, is recruited by British Intelligence to assassinate the Führer. Her attempt fails, and Kate realizes that the mission was well planned, with one exception: there is no exit strategy. Three Hours in Paris is a definite page-turner!

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020

 


The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524760793
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Published: Hogarth - March 6th, 2018

John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies stirs up every emotion. Some chapters are so funny you’ll feel compelled to read them aloud to anyone within earshot. Some will break your heart; some will elicit pure rage. Set primarily in Ireland, the novel spans seven decades and details the life of protagonist Cyril Avery and the destructive and gobsmacking hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.   

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020


Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142001431
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2002

Year of Wonders was inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, where in 1666 a bolt of cloth carrying the plague arrives from London. Disease quickly spreads, as do superstitions, and no family is left unaffected. A housemaid named Anna Frith survives the plague and through her eyes we watch the village confront the disease.

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020


The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802149039
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Published: Grove Press - June 30th, 2020

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for non-fiction, The Yellow House is a compelling memoir by Sarah Broom that presents a devastating description of life in New Orleans East. Sarah is the daughter of a single mother who works hard against all odds in this neglected, little-known neighborhood of The Big Easy. Life isn’t big nor is it easy for the Broom family.

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020


Sin Eater: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982124106
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

Fourteen-year-old May Owens, orphaned and starving, is caught stealing bread and is swiftly convicted. However, in this novel set in an alternate Elizabethan England, May is not sentenced to prison or to hang; she is forced to become a sin eater. May becomes a pariah, a curse, forced to sit by the coffins of the newly dead and eat foods representing the deceased's sins so their souls can enter heaven—thus taking those sins on as her own burden. 

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020


Queenie Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501196027
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - November 5th, 2019

Queenie centers around a young, professional woman dealing with life post-breakup. The book addresses blackness, womanhood, young adulthood, relationships, and more in a relatable and fun way. Carty-Williams has created wonderfully complex and human characters. A great read! 

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020

 


The Last Flight Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781728215723
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 23rd, 2020

In our age of continuous surveillance and cell phone tracking, where we are required to produce a picture ID for many transactions, how difficult would it be to exchange places with someone, and get away with it? And what would compel someone to risk adopting another’s identity? Both Claire and Eva have abundant reasons to risk this exchange. Their chance encounter in an airport provides the opportunity and begins this page turner of a thriller. With its plot twists and turns, The Last Flight will not disappoint!

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020

 


Color: A Natural History of the Palette Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812971422
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 30th, 2003

Color: A Natural History of the Palette takes the reader on a trip around the world to discover the natural origins of paint pigments. With beautiful descriptions of her travels and the people and places she encounters, Finlay paints vivid images of her adventures, providing a glimpse into the history of pigment and its surprising entanglement with global economics and politics. It's a great read for an artist or art historian, as well as anyone looking to take an immersive trip across the globe, through the pages of a book.

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020


Slow Horses (Slough House #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781616954161
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Published: Soho Crime - March 11th, 2014

Slow Horses is the first book in Mick Herron’s terrific Slough House series. The title refers to a group of disgraced MI5 agents "slow horses” who mostly through faults of their own have been demoted to Slough House and placed under the command of the grossly unhygienic, insulting, and yet surprisingly capable Jackson Lamb. Reminiscent of John le Carré, but with great thunderbolts of humor, this is an exceptionally well-plotted series that gets impossibly better with each book.

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020

 


Simon the Fiddler: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062966742
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Published: William Morrow - April 14th, 2020

Simon the Fiddler is a love story set in gritty post-Civil War Texas. With determination and perseverance, Simon embarks on a harsh and dangerous journey to be united with the woman he loves. Thanks to Paulette Jiles's elegant storytelling, you will find yourself rooting for Simon the whole way. If you liked Jiles’s The News of the World, you will enjoy this book as well.

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020

 


Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148537
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

Living in Cambridge MA in 1997, Casey Peabody is trying to finish her first novel. She is waitressing, living in a converted gardening shed, and hounded by student loan collectors. At 31 she compares herself to her peers and what they have accomplished, but when asked what she really wants out of life, her answer is to finish her book, and start another. 

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020


The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217288
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Published: Tor Books - March 17th, 2020

Think Death of a Salesman meets the Island of Misfit Toys. Linus Baker is good at his dead-end job and meticulously follows orders as well as the company-issued Rules and Regulations guide. His assignment to assess the Marsyas Island Orphanage challenges everything he’s ever believed and makes him question the very rules (and regulations) that have been his guiding principles. First, there are the children. Linus is used to magical children, but this group is  . . . unusual. Second, there is the island Headmaster, Arthur Parnassus, who is unorthodox and handsome, not that Linus cares about that. He doesn’t need distractions. He has a job to do. And Linus always does his job.

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020

 


Behold the Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525509714
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 26th, 2017

Behold the Dreamers is a fantastic novel that centers around two families: the Jongas, who are working-class, undocumented Cameroonian immigrants, and the Edwards, who are wealthy New Yorkers with a father that manages Lehman Brothers as a senior executive (right before the market crash). The story follows the experiences of the Jongas as they work for the Edwards before and during this troubled economic period. It describes their interesting and complex relationships while exploring themes of marriage, immigration, and class. The novel is thoughtful, moving, and gripping.

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020

 


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The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

Sy Montgomery is known for her love of animals—all animals. The Soul of an Octopus chronicles her time at the Boston Aquarium where she learned that an octopus is so much more than just a soft-bodied mollusk: an octopus can be a true friend.

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020


Mayflower: Voyage, Community, War Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143111979
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Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2007

Mayflower is the 2020 Falmouth Reads Together selection. Most of us have the superficial version of the Pilgrim story. The Mayflower: Voyage, Community, War provides a comprehensive look at the reason for the Pilgrims’ voyage, their challenges, and their early years in New England. Philbrick’s smooth and riveting style of storytelling makes his books a joy to read. 

~ Eight Cousins, Summer Picks 2020