More Summer Page-Turners and Pleasure Reads

Life Lululemons

When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger

You know you don’t want to read this, but you also really want to read this. The Devil Wears Prada author and characters are back once more, except the action has been transposed from the skyscrapers and limos of the fashion magazine world to the titular yoga pants and minivans of suburban family keeping-up-with-the-Joneses.

In the wake of the smash success of Big Little Lies, we always have time for the dark side of white-gloved American life.

The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin

Four young siblings on the Lower East Side of New York visit a fortune teller; she tells them when they’ll die, they each keep her prophecy to themselves.The suspense of what the predictions were, and whether they will bear out, propels this book through time and place, from San Francisco’s Castro district just before the AIDS outbreak to the magic shows of Las Vegas to the frontiers of scientific inquiry, all in search of answers to the question: how much do our expectations influence our choices?

We Are GatheredWe Are Gathered, Jamie Weisman

Every summer wedding season deserves a wedding novel, n’est-ce pas? In this one, by Jamie Weisman, the nuptials provide the occasion for high jinx and emotional lows in the shadow of champagne and bridal parties: Jamie Weisman adroitly constructs a community of characters, each created with a private network of thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams…a masterful portrait of both sharp and delicate beauty,” says the Jewish Book Council.

shortestThe Shortest Way Home, Miriam Parker

What if the greatest romance in a woman’s life was with herself and her potential? Parker’s debut novel begins when its heroine steps foot in an old winery, becomes enchanted, and decides to alter her life’s course. Says Publishers Weekly of the love triangle that ensues: “Parker’s story becomes less about being happy with a particular guy than about finding happiness by following one’s heart. The refreshing ending is the perfect capper to this accomplished debut.”


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