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Anticipated Reads - Summer '24

Anticipated Reads – June, July, August

Adult Nonfiction

All the Worst Humans: How I Made News for Dictators, Tycoons, and Politicians by Phil Elwood [June]
A breakneck-pace memoir of a career PR operative who spent decades as part of the $129-billion industry that manipulates the public narrative, helping to support Gaddafi and Assad – and a parade of others. Until one day the FBI shows up.

Hip-Hop is History by Questlove [June]
A discography of hip-hop, comprised of one song from each year, starting with the birth of the sound in 1973. The book explains each of the songs, addressing their creation, context, and role in the genre's development and advancement.

The Quiet Damage: QAnon and the Destruction of the American Family by Jesselyn Cook [July]
Cook, an investigative reporter, won the Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for this exploration of the harm the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon has caused in U.S. society, especially the deep divides created within families.

The Unvanquished: The Untold Story of Lincoln's Special Forces, the Manhunt for Mosby's Rangers, and the Shadow War That Forged America by Patrick K. O’Donnell [July]
O'Donnell, bestselling author of The Indispensables, centers his newest on the Jessie Scouts, Abraham Lincoln's special forces unit, and Mosby's Rangers, their Confederate enemies.

Adult Fiction

The Comfort of Ghosts by Jacqueline Winspear [June]
In this final installment in the Maisie Dobbs series, the gumshoe psychologist confronts postwar chaos in 1945 London.

Horror Movie by Paul Tremblay [June]
The only surviving cast member of a doomed 1993 film joins its Hollywood reboot three decades later, but reality and script – and past and present – blur as he remembers the bizarre events of the original movie.

The Pairing by Casey McQuiston [Aug.]
A rom-com about two bisexual former lovers who go on the same European culinary tour. To prove they are (not) over each other, they propose a hookup game.

Shelterwood by Lisa Wingate [June]
The emotional and enveloping story of children abandoned by the law, and the battle to see justice done.

Teen Fiction

Children of Anguish and Anarchy by Tomi Adeyemi [June]
The final book to Legacy of Orisha trilogy, that has been anticipated for five years is finally here!

The Grandest Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes [July]
The first book in a new series by the author of The Naturals series and Hawthorne Brothers trilogy set one year after readers last saw Avery Grambs and the Hawthornes.

Reckless by Lauren Roberts [July]
Paedyn and Kai battle with duty and desire in this highly anticipated second installment in the epic romantic fantasy sequel to Powerless that's packed with spicy tension and edge-of-your-seat betrayal.

Such Charming Liars by Karen M. McManus [July]
When mother-daughter grifters set out on their final job, the heist gets deadly and dangerously personal in this newest mystery from the author of One of Us is Lying.

Children's & Middle Grades

Amari and the Despicable Wonders by B. B. Alston [Aug.]
Third book in the bestselling Supernatural Investigations series. War has come to the supernatural world, and Amari's two worst enemies are leading the charge.

Faker by Gordon Korman [July]
From the bestselling author of Restart comes the story of a family of liars and the son who wants to break the family tradition.

First Test: Protector of the Small Book 1 by Tamora Pierce, illust. by Becca Farrow [July]
The eagerly awaited graphic novel adaptation of the iconic fantasy book featuring a determined girl seeking knighthood who finds herself on a mission to prove it.

The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman by Gennifer Choldenko [June]
The latest from the Newbery Honor-winning author is a gripping story of a boy struggling to hold his family together when his mom doesn't come home.


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