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The Big Kids’ Table: Sweet Summertime Reads Edition


Hope you all are doing well! I’m back with another helping of Big Kids’ Table… this month’s is part of Sweet Summertime Reads, a feature we are hosting along with Ginger (Ginger Reads Books) and Tara (Fiction Folio). I know a lot of our readers mostly stick to young adult but I’m hoping to get more of you to dabble in adult fiction at the same time! It’s good to switch it up, I promise!

So here are a few more books that are making their grand debut this summer:

Inside by Alix Ohlin ( Amazon | Goodreads)
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Amazon Summary:  When Grace, an exceedingly competent and devoted therapist in Montreal, stumbles across a man who has just failed to hang himself, her instinct to help kicks in immediately. Before long, however, she realizes that her feelings for this charismatic, extremely guarded stranger are far from straightforward. In the meantime, her troubled teenage patient, Annie, runs away from home and soon will reinvent herself in New York as an aspiring and ruthless actress, as unencumbered as humanly possible by any personal attachments. And Mitch, Grace’s ex-husband, who is a therapist as well, leaves the woman he’s desperately in love with to attend to a struggling native community in the bleak Arctic.
Why I want to read it: I like stories abou therapists… and all of these characters seem incredibly engaging. (Plus, how awesome is that cover?)

Sorority Sisters by Claudia Welch ( Amazon | Goodreads )
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Amazon Summary: In 1975, trying to find a place to belong, four young women found each other in the same sorority pledge class. Through parties and pranks; finals and skipped classes; boyfriends and break-ups, they forge a bond that takes them by surprise. No one expected it to last beyond college graduation. But some bonds are too strong to break.
Why I want to read it: I’m not a huge fan of soroities but I do like books about the friendships of women.


We Only Know So Much
by Elizabeth Crane ( Amazon | Goodreads )
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Amazon Summary: Jean Copeland, an emotionally withdrawn wife and mother of two, has taken a secret lover—only to lose him in a moment of tragedy that leaves her reeling. Her husband, Gordon, is oblivious, distracted by the fear that he’s losing his most prized asset: his memory. Daughter Priscilla (a pill since birth—don’t get us started) is talking about clothes, or TV, or whatever, and hatching a plan to extend her maddening reach to all of America. Nine-year-old Otis is torn between his two greatest loves: crossword puzzles and his new girlfriend.

At the back of the house, grandfather Theodore is in the early throes of Parkinson’s disease. (And he’s fine with it—as long as they continue to let him walk the damn dog alone.) And Vivian, the family’s ninety-eight-year-old matriarch, is a razor-sharp grande dame who suffers no fools…and still harbors secret dreams of her own.
Why I want to read it: I know, it’s a cheating book but… I happen to like those for some reason. I think I just like reading about a lot of different marriages.

America, You Sexy Bitch by Meghan McCain & Michael Ian Black ( Amazon | Goodreads)
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Amazon SummaryIn America, You Sexy Bitch, Meghan and Michael embark on a balls-out, cross-country tour starting in California, the heart of liberal America, and ending in the state of Connecticut, the home of blue-blood Wall Street billionaires. Along the way, they visit such cultural touchstones as Graceland and Branson, party in Las Vegas and New Orleans, pretend to be Mormon in Salt Lake City (only for a second), and go to a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan. They tour the nation’s capital; they fire semiautomatic weapons. But mostly Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black talk to each other: about their differences, their similarities, and how American politics has gotten so divided.

Why I want to read it: Despite my politics, I really like Meghan McCain and very much enjoyed her first book: Dirty Sexy Politics. I’m very curious to see how this second book holds up.

When In Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison ( Amazon | Goodreads )
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Amazon Description: As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and—oh yes—butter.
Why I want to read it: A love story, some baking… what could be better?

June 18, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Sorority Sisters definitely sounds like something I’d read. I love stories of friendship, and I love it when the set of friends comes in a group of 4 because it makes me think of my own group of friends.

When in Doubt, Add Butter also sounds… delicious. Yes, I had to go there. I’d love to read this one!

June 11, 2012 - 10:08 pm

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June 10, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Estelle - I really have to get on top of checking these books out of the library! It’s like I’m creating some kind of mini-TBR list with this feature. Hope you can track down a few, M! 🙂

June 10, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Estelle - I agree. I never think about it but the psychological part of books can be very addictive and it is here! Hope you enjoy the book!

June 7, 2012 - 11:24 pm

ShootingStarsMag - Thanks for sharing. I think Inside sounds like an awesome book too. I don’t know how many stores I’ve read about therapists, but they do interest me. Anything to do with psychology, I tend to find fascinating.

June 7, 2012 - 5:08 pm

VeganYANerds - I love the cover of Inside, it’s gorgeous! Almost all of these appeal to me, and like you, I don’t mind reading cheating stories, because it happens all the time in real life and this one sounds like it’s about an interesting family too.

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