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Posted on Jun 13, 2016 in Expert Picks

What to Read: Week of June 14


Headed to the beach this weekend and don’t know what to read? These are our top picks for this week, available in stores and online June 14.

By Margaret Terwey

Big Books

brad thor foreign agentNew this week from Brad Thor is Foreign Agent. An American special operations team targets the director of social media for ISIS, but before they can strike, the safe house is attacked. And the attacks don’t stop there—soon not even the White House is safe. This latest installment in the Scot Harvath series is a non-stop thrill ride, with all the action, suspense, and intrigue that Brad Thor fans have come to expect.

Looking for the perfect book to add to your beach bag? Pick up Elin Hilderbrand’s Here’s to Us. Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe, a larger than life man with an appetite for life, has been married to three remarkable—and remarkably different—women. In the aftermath of Rowe’s shocking death on Nantucket, the three bitter rivals come together on the island in Deacon’s ramshackle cottage to remember the man they loved. Secrets are revealed as unlikely friendships are formed.

For readers of literary fiction, check out Barkskins from Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx. This violent, epic novel examines centuries of deforestation in brilliant and imaginative detail.

Debut Novels

Don’t miss Emma Cline’s brilliant debut novel The Girls. In Northern California in the late 1960s, Evie Boyd is a lonely and vulnerable teenager who falls under the spell of Suzanne, an older girl with an enthralling aura. Evie soon finds herself involved in a commune—a cult with a charismatic leader—and is in danger of going over the edge.

thinking of ending things iain reidIain Reid, well known for his nonfiction, makes his fiction debut in I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a psychological thriller that blends surreal horror with chilling suspense. When Jake invites his girlfriend to meet his parents, he doesn’t realize she’s thinking of ending things. What begins as awkward at the family farm turns to slow burning horror on the way home.

Buyer Pick

Summitsummit harry farthing is a mix of Into Thin Air and The Da Vinci Code with Mount Everest as the backdrop. Harry Farthing is a debut author who has actually climbed Everest and vividly depicts those challenges, while at the same time plotting out a thriller that flashes back to 1930s Nazi Germany and the secrets Mount Everest holds.


Looking for more great new releases? Check out all of this week’s new titles online. 


Margaret Terwey is a senior buyer specializing in fiction, new age and poetry genres.

Read her full bio here.

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