Thursday, June 22, 2017

Meg's Picks: July 2017, part 2

Feeling the need for a summer read? You can stop in the library anytime between now and June 30 to check out our big display of summer reading suggestions for adults (located across from the main Circulation Desk). Or consider adding one of these titles to your request list--they're all due out next month!

The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond. Richmond (The Year of Fog, etc.) breathes new life into death-do-us-part. Newlyweds Alice and Jake address the common concern about the staying power of their union by joining an international cultish movement called The Pact, which prescribes arbitrary rules to keep couples together. And the secret society ensures that no misdemeanor is left unpunished... Fans of Gillian Flynn and Ruth Ware may want to check this out.

Amanda Wakes Up, by Alisyn Camerota. Described by critics as The Devil Wears Prada meets Primary Colors and pulling on the author's own experiences, CNN anchor Camerota's debut chronicles idealistic and ambitious Amanda Gallo's navigation of her divisive job at the ratings-hungry FAIR News Network. Amanda cannot believe her luck when she lands a plum job hosting a morning show on the national network, and she'll do anything to get ahead. What she didn't count on? Insane pressure over ratings, a condescending co-anchor, and serious questions regarding the ethics of journalism. If you like some food for thought with your juicy summer read, consider adding this to your list.

Final Girls, by Riley Sager. Another suggestion if you like your thrillers dark and twisted, a la Gone Girl. The trope of the "final girl" is a familiar one to horror movie enthusiasts: she's the only one to make it out of a slasher flick alive, the one who lives to tell the story. After Quincy Carpenter survives a mass murder, the media tries to turn her into the "final girl," but she refuses, choosing instead to finish college and create a comfortable life for herself. But burying her past hasn't healed her, and when another final girl who had tried to mentor Quincy dies of an apparent suicide, the cracks in Quincy's Pinterest-worthy exterior begin to show. The truth about the night Quincy can't remember is going to bubble to the surface, it's only a matter of when, and how. If a nerve-wracking page-turner is your thing, I'd highly recommend this.

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