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All This Life

Mohr is a favorite of several Powell's employees, and his fifth novel does not disappoint. All This Life explores how a mass suicide affects the people who witnessed it, and the ripple effects that follow one teenager's posting of the event online. Mohr is a beautiful, dark, and funny writer, and his examination of our overly connected world is not to be missed.

The Long Way Home

Louise Penny continues her wonderful Chief Inspector Gamache series with this psychologically nuanced, elegantly plotted 10th installment. Gamache's neighbor Clara's husband has not come home as promised on the anniversary of their separation. As Gamache and Clara search for answers, The Long Way Home aptly showcases Penny's moral acuity and depth of feeling.

The Hand That Feeds You

Amy Hempel cowriting a mystery (with Jill Ciment, under the pseudonym A. J. Rich)? That was unexpected! What perhaps shouldn't have been: it's one of the best-written thrillers you'll read this year. Throw in misunderstood dogs, an unusual heroine, and psychological suspense, and The Hand That Feeds You is a unique summer read.

The Mountain Story

Wolf Truly, on his way to commit suicide on a mountain peak, meets a mother, daughter, and grandmother who carry their own emotional secrets. When they get lost and stranded, all bets are off. A fast-paced, page-turning mystery set in a remote and beautiful wilderness, The Mountain Story is an unusual and ferociously addictive read.

Finders Keepers

Stephen King goes back to fertile territory — a vindictive reader furious at his favorite author's turn away from fiction. With gripping suspense, inventive storytelling, and returning characters from Mr. Mercedes (though this book works just fine as a stand-alone), Finders Keepers is vintage King — and a smart, entertaining account of the power of literature.

A God in Ruins

Atkinson's A God in Ruins is a companion book to 2014's Life after Life, and it lives up to that fantastic novel (a tall order indeed). A God in Ruins tells the story of Teddy, the beloved brother of Ursula and a pilot in WWII. His family, loves, struggles, and dreams are detailed with Atkinson's penetrating prose and inventive vision. Another winning effort from a master.

One Kick

Cain begins a new series — featuring an engaging, intelligent, badass protagonist named Kick — with more of the great writing, multifaceted characters, and heart-pounding plot twists her readers know and love. Fans of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series or mystery lovers who have yet to encounter Cain should not miss this one.

This Is the Water

Page-turning suspense Yannick Murphy style — always inventive, with gorgeous prose, surprising perspectives, and captivating characters. This Is the Water is a most unusual mystery.

How the Light Gets In

The Inspector Gamache mystery series is intelligent and addictive — and you don't need to start at the beginning to get in on it. How the Light Gets In, Louise Penny's ninth Gamache novel, is a tour de force of mystery, including subtle and complex characters, beautiful prose, and surprising plot twists.

Lucky Us

Amy Bloom's hypnotic and gorgeous new novel displays her trademarks — remarkable narrative skill and richly drawn, evocative characters. Iris and Eva, half-sisters creating a family in World War II-era America, will draw you in and not let go. Perfect summer reading.

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