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10 Books You Can't Put Down1 of 11
By Julie Fishman
Lazy summer afternoons are best spent with a good book ("e" or otherwise) in hand. With so many new titles to choose from, we've sifted through the titles to bring you the season's best reads. Whether you're looking for an edge-of-your-beach-chair thriller or something more cerebral, we've got the top ten page-turners for every kind of reader.
The Adventurer2 of 11
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
A 26-year-old woman embarks on a 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Coast Trail in an attempt to rebuild her shattered life. Part adventure narrative and part personal meditation, Strayed's memoir is both vivid and suspenseful, as well as honest and humorous.
The Pundit3 of 11
Drift by Rachel Maddow
Talk show host Rachel Maddow charts how far America has strayed from the ideals of our founding fathers to become a country constantly at war. Though the subject matter is serious, Maddow's lively writing makes the book both informative and entertaining—the next best thing to sitting down with the author herself.
The Romantic4 of 11
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
A page-turning tale of star-crossed lovers, Trigiani's timeless novel is a tear-jerking portrayal of the immigrant experience in America. Filled with compelling characters and vivid detail, this book will become an instant favorite.
The Noncomformist5 of 11
This Is How by Augusten Burroughs
A no-holds-barred book of advice that turns the self-help genre on its head, this hardback is guaranteed to make you check yourself. With dark humor and brutal honesty, best-selling author Burroughs doles out unconventional guidance for dealing with life's dodgiest situations.
The Sports Fan6 of 11
Imperfect by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown
Former Yankee Jim Abbott enjoyed a seemingly average major league baseball career as a 10-year pitcher for four different teams, including the Yankees. So why publish a memoir? Surprisingly, he managed to pitch, field and throw with just one hand. Years after retiring, Abbott shares his unbelievable triumphs and serves an inspiring lesson on the strength of the human spirit.
The Philosopher7 of 11
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
In this memoir, Pulitzer Prize–winner Anna Quindlen uses the events of her own past to explore what matters most to women at different stages in life. Much like her famed New York Times columns and A Short Guide to a Happy Life, she shares candid observations crammed with wisdom, truth and, best of all, laughter.
The Escapist8 of 11
Serpent's Kiss by Melissa de la Cruz
The magical Beauchamp family, introduced in de la Cruz's New York Times best-seller Witches of East End, is busy casting spells, mixing potions and curing souls when their world suddenly turns upside down. If you like zombies, werewolves and vampires, then you'll love this juicy read about witches that blends romance and the supernatural.
The Overachiever9 of 11
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Written by an award-winning business reporter, this intriguing book argues that the key to success (including raising children and losing weight) lies in understanding how habits form and change. Duhigg's read will give you a new perspective on your own behavior and productivity.
The Spiritualist10 of 11
Home by Toni Morrison
A man scarred by war journeys back to the town he once called home, hoping to find courage and redemption along the way. This intensely moving (and at times heartbreaking) novel from Nobel Prize–winner Toni Morrison is beautifully written in the lyrical prose that made her famous.
The Thrill Seeker11 of 11
The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
This enthralling nail-biter has as many twists and turns as an episode of 24 and reads much like Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. A blend of fable, fact and imagination, the book follows a journalist on a dangerous quest that could unravel everything we know about the discovery of America.