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Summer Reading Recommendations from Off the Shelf

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Need help finding the perfect summer read? We’ve got you covered. Here are the books we recommended on our Facebook Live Summer Reading Recommendations.


The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder
by Sarah J. Harris
A captivating mystery about a boy with synesthesia—a condition that causes him to see colors when he hears sounds—who tries to uncover what happened to his beautiful neighbor, and if he was ultimately responsible.
The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder
Sarah J. Harris

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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When Life Gives You Lululemons
by Lauren Weisberger
From New York Times bestselling author of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Lauren Weisberger is back with another dishy, daring novel about three worldly women who trade in their Manolo Blahniks for Birkenstocks in the wealthy New York City suburb of Westport. Featuring Emily, Miranda Priestly’s first assistant, from THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.
When Life Gives You Lululemons
Lauren Weisberger

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By Taylor Noel | July 31, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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Pretend I'm Dead
by Jen Beagin
Miranda July meets Mary Karr in this brilliant debut novel from Jen Beagin—about a cleaning lady on a quest for self-acceptance after her relationship with a loveable junkie goes awry.
Pretend I'm Dead
Jen Beagin

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By Off the Shelf Staff | July 16, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo, a legendary film actress, is aging and reclusive—and finally ready to spill the truth about her scandalous life. When she selects unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to tell her story, no one is more surprised than Monique herself. As she's summoned to Evelyn's apartment, Monique listens, rapt, to the memories Evelyn has to share. But as Evelyn's story nears the end, it's clear that Evelyn's and Monique's lives intersect in tragic and irreversible ways.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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By Meagan Harris | May 21, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | January 16, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | October 27, 2017

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By Something to Read About | September 5, 2017

Your Perfect Beach Read Just Needs One Thing… Seven Marriages

By Will Rhino | July 14, 2017

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Young and Damned and Fair
by Gareth Russell
Written with an exciting combination of narrative flair and historical authority, this interpretation of the tragic life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, breaks new ground in our understanding of the very young woman who became queen at a time of unprecedented social and political tension and whose terrible errors in judgment quickly led her to the executioner’s block.
Young and Damned and Fair
Gareth Russell

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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By Stu Smith | May 9, 2018

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Many Love
by Sophie Lucido Johnson
Sophie Lucido Johnson gets a lot of questions when she tells people that she’s polyamorous. MANY LOVE is an intimate look at this often misunderstood practice: its history, its misconceptions, and Sophie’s personal transformation from serial monogamist to proud polyamorist.
Many Love
Sophie Lucido Johnson

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By Off the Shelf Staff | July 27, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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How to Fall in Love with Anyone
by Mandy Len Catron
In 2015, Mandy Len Catron wrote a piece for the popular Modern Love column about testing out a list of questions that, according to a study, would result in two people falling in love. This collection continues the themes and questions she introduced in that piece—What makes love last? How damaging can our cultural narratives about relationships be?—in smart, witty, and vulnerable essays that draw on her personal life and her observations of the culture at large. In the age of apps, blind dates, chance encounters, and doubt, HOW TO FALL IN LOVE is a fascinating study of how people find and keep each other.
How to Fall in Love with Anyone
Mandy Len Catron

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By Nikki Barnhart | November 1, 2018

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By Katy Hershberger | August 28, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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By Julianna Haubner | November 9, 2017

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The Road to Jonestown
by Jeff Guinn
By the New York Times bestselling author of MANSON, the comprehensive, authoritative, and tragic story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre—the largest murder-suicide in American history.
The Road to Jonestown
Jeff Guinn

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By Taylor Noel | August 9, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | July 27, 2018

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By Elizabeth Breeden | July 5, 2018

Hooked From Page One, This Book Made Me Ponder the Nature of Evil

By Sarah Jane Abbott | June 22, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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The History of Bees
by Maja Lunde
THE HISTORY OF BEES follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.
The History of Bees
Maja Lunde

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | January 16, 2018

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By Something to Read About | September 5, 2017

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The Mars Room
by Rachel Kushner
From twice National Book Award–nominated Rachel Kushner comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.
The Mars Room
Rachel Kushner

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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The Outsider
by Stephen King
One of Stephen King's most propulsive and unsettling stories ever, about an outsider who becomes another person's double—and commits horrific acts.
The Outsider
Stephen King

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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The Courage to Be Disliked
by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
THE COURAGE TO BE DISLIKED, already an enormous bestseller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates how to unlock the power within yourself to be the person you truly want to be.
The Courage to Be Disliked
Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

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By Stu Smith | August 8, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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Manhattan Beach
by Jennifer Egan
In this mesmerizing novel, you'll meet Anna Kerrigan, an indomitable and unforgettable heroine who becomes the first female diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yard—the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations—and navigates a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. This is novel we promise you'll want to dive right into.
Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan

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By Meagan Harris | June 25, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | May 24, 2018

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By Ashley Gilliam | April 9, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | January 26, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | January 16, 2018

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Lost in the Beehive
by Michele Young-Stone
LOST IN THE BEEHIVE is a touching new novel set in the 1960s about the power of friendship, love, and accepting your past in order to find a future.
Lost in the Beehive
Michele Young-Stone

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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Blood Moon
by John Sedgwick
An astonishing untold story from America’s past—a sweeping, powerful, and necessary work of history that reads like GONE WITH THE WIND for the Cherokee.
Blood Moon
John Sedgwick

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll
From Jessica Knoll—author of LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE—comes a blisteringly paced thriller starring two sisters who join the cast of a reality TV series. One won't make it out alive. So…who did it?
The Favorite Sister
Jessica Knoll

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By Off the Shelf Staff | October 26, 2018

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By Julianna Haubner | October 9, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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Hello, Sunshine
by Laura Dave
Sunshine Mackenzie is literally living the dream: she has a line of bestselling cookbooks, a devoted architect husband . . . and a big secret that, if revealed, could result in a catastrophic fall from grace. HELLO, SUNSHINE is a smart, funny, compelling novel that your book club will love—especially if anyone has ever felt envious of the picture-perfect lives depicted on their friends’ Facebook feed.
Hello, Sunshine
Laura Dave

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By Julianna Haubner | October 16, 2018

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By Something to Read About | September 5, 2017

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By Elizabeth Breeden | August 30, 2017

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By Erin Flaaen | August 21, 2017

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This Burns My Heart
by Samuel Park
In this compelling love story set in postwar Korea in the 1960s, an unhappily married woman struggles to give her daughter a good life and to find love in a society caught between ancient tradition and change.
This Burns My Heart
Samuel Park

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By Elizabeth Breeden | July 26, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
Ruth Ware

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 21, 2018

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Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell
THEN SHE WAS GONE is twisty, suspenseful novel about the lingering aftermath of a young girl’s disappearance and the ways we fail to recognize the truth even when it’s right in front of us.
Then She Was Gone
Lisa Jewell

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By Taylor Noel | September 19, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | May 8, 2018

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Educated
by Tara Westover
Astounding and incredibly moving, EDUCATED is Tara Westover's story of growing up in the mountains of Idaho with her survivalist Mormon family and leaving them behind in search of an education and a new life. It's a powerful tale of fierce family loyalty and the paralyzing grief that comes from severing one's closest ties.

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By Lara Blackman | October 1, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | August 22, 2018

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By Off the Shelf Staff | June 19, 2018

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By Taylor Noel | June 7, 2018

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The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.
The Great Believers
Rebecca Makkai

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By Off the Shelf Staff | July 16, 2018

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