June’s Must-Reads: 7 New Picks

Looking for a great new read as you make your summer plans? From revolutions on the battlefield to resolutions at home, we’ve got you covered! Take a look at these six summer releases that will satisfy both fiction and nonfiction lovers alike.


Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

You’ve probably seen the buzz about this must-read for summer that takes a deep dive into the fascinating trial of Peachy Quinn Harrison, the son of two of Lincoln’s greatest supporters, for the murder of Greek Crafton, a young man who had trained to be a lawyer in the office Lincoln worked for—and who was the grandson of one of Lincoln’s most fervent political opponents. The very best of true crime, history and political intrigue in a highly readable work of narrative nonfiction.

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

This is a book for book lovers, featuring Miranda Brooks, a young woman who inherits her uncle’s bookstore—as well as a chance to finally unravel a mystery that tore her family apart years before. Why had her uncle disappeared from their lives? To help her find the answers, he has left Miranda clues to a scavenger hunt, like the ones he used to make up for her as a child, leading Miranda through the pages of classic books until she discovers her uncle’s secrets—and so much more.

A Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr

Rediscover this classic tale of female friendship and lasting bonds as four women meet for their annual trip to wine country. On the verge of turning thirty, each of the friends finds themselves battling unexpected personal challenges and for the first time ever, they’re unsure if they should share their struggles with the others. Every reader is sure to nod along as they spend time with these four funny, flawed and deeply relatable women.

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mizra

The flagship publication for actress and book-lover Sarah Jessica Parker’s new SJP for Hogarth imprint, this thoughtful story features an Indian-American Muslim family coming together for eldest daughter Haida’s wedding, and wondering if estranged son, Amar, will attend. This book is less about a clash of cultures and more about a slow-motion careen toward redemption—of soul, of family, of love and of place.

The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington by Charles Rosenberg

In 1776, at the height of the American Revolution, a plot was hatched to kidnap George Washington and have him sent to London to stand trial for his crimes against England. While the plan was never executed, author Charles Rosenberg has delivered a fascinating alternate-universe novel considering the “what if.” And so we are given a look at how the crime—and history—may have played out if the leader of a young country’s war had been removed from the battleground before victory could be achieved.

The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown

In a “what if” situation of a different kind, Lucy Sparks hits her head and awakens in the hospital—but her life is nothing like she had thought it was. Her happy marriage is actually over, and she is shocked when she’s told that a man she considers just a work colleague is now her devoted boyfriend. She can’t trust her memories and her life looks utterly unrecognizable—so how can Lucy rebuild something she doesn’t remember building in the first place?

Me, Myself and Them by Dan Mooney

A book about the exploration of grief, relationships and mental illness that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, Me, Myself and Them follows Denis Murphy, a man with strict routines and roommates determined to bring chaos into his structured life. Denis’s ex-girlfriend Rebecca is determined to bring him back to the man he one loved, but can Denis truly confront his demons?


What are you reading this month? Let us know in the comments section below!


    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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