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Great Summer Reading Picks

Recommendations from some of Bookshop's friends in publishing
From our Summer 2021 Newsletter

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Gold Diggers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984882035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - April 6th, 2021

A heartfelt coming-of-age story and brilliant Indian American satire with a dash of magical realism. Neil Narayan is an average high school student in love with his neighbor, Anita. But Anita is too busy concocting an ancient secret potion out of stolen gold—guaranteed to boost her chances in the college admission process—to notice him. When Neil and Anita reunite 10 years later in Silicon Valley, they must join forces to save Anita’s mother…and only the stolen-gold elixir will help. — Wendy Pearl, Penguin Random House

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The Promise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609456580
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Published: Europa Editions - April 6th, 2021

Galgut’s first novel in 10 years shouldn’t have snuck up on me—he’s been twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Set in South Africa starting in 1986, this tells the story of an unkept promise made to a Black servant that shapes an Afrikaner family over three decades. It can be read as a family saga that doubles as a portrait of a country emerging from colonialism. Or read for its deft literary flourishes, like its slyly comic narrator. Or you can simply let Galgut’s considerable storytelling chops sneak up on you. — Ty Wilson, Publishers Group West

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Good Company: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062876003
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - April 6th, 2021

A  long-lost wedding ring found in the wrong place sets the stage for this story—a propulsive and big-hearted exploration of family and friendship. Best friends Flora and Margo, once struggling stage actors in New York, are both now living in LA with families and more secure careers—voice-over actor and soap opera star. Their shared history is suddenly cast in a bewildering new light with the revelation of a long-kept secret. Sweeney, author of The Nest, renders her characters with both humor and compassion. You’ll love being among these “theater people.”  — Jim Hankey, HarperCollins

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Never Have I Ever: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781618731821
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Small Beer Press - February 23rd, 2021

Isabel Yap’s stories are perfect summer reads, long enough and so riveting they warrant shooing away anyone trying to get your attention, but short enough for a breather from the off-kilter apparitions that lurk around every corner. These 13 creepy-good stories are a blend of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, mixed with immigrant experience and Filipino folklore. — Lise Solomon, Karel/Dutton Group