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Madeline’s Picks | Summer 2019

When you’re the CEO of the biggest publishing company in the country, you’ve got a pretty long to-be-read list! Our fearless leader/reader, Madeline McIntosh, gives us a peek at some of her favorite books—novels, business books, memoirs, and everything in between. Find something fresh to read, recommended by someone who seriously, seriously, knows books.

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    The Most Fun We Ever Had Book Cover Picture

    The Most Fun We Ever Had

    by Claire Lombardo

    This is the novel I’ve been recommending to friends who are heading out on vacations: It’s the kind of family saga that screams out to be read, undisturbed, for hours on end in a hammock. The four Sorenson sisters are so well developed on the page that I felt like I, too, was a member of the family, and I’ve missed them ever since I got to The End.

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    The Most Fun We Ever Had Book Cover Picture

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    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

    The Nickel Boys

    by Colson Whitehead

    Colson Whitehead has done it again: This is a spare, brilliantly told story of the injustice and brutality of life in a boys’ reform school in the Jim Crow south of the early sixties. Whitehead is a master at keeping you with him on the page, even when the tale is hard. I can particularly recommend the audio edition of this one—J. D. Jackson’s reading is wonderful.

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    The Nickel Boys Book Cover Picture

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    The Lager Queen of Minnesota Book Cover Picture

    The Lager Queen of Minnesota

    by J. Ryan Stradal

    Stradal creates characters who live in a world where food (or drink) is itself a character. In the case of this new novel, it’s a question of beer, but so much more: two sisters, one farm, inheritance issues as related not only to the land but also to genes and family affections.

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    The Lager Queen of Minnesota Book Cover Picture

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    Lock Every Door

    by Riley Sager

    Say you were broke and alone and were invited to actually get paid to live in a legendary and historic New York apartment building. You’d say yes, right, even if there were some creepy rumors about what actually happens inside? You don’t have to have read Riley Sager’s other novels to know that what comes next is a juicy, spooky, thrilling ride.

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    Lock Every Door Book Cover Picture

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    Evvie Drake Starts Over Book Cover Picture
    Evvie Drake Starts Over Book Cover Picture

    Evvie Drake Starts Over

    by Linda Holmes

    Evvie is a young widow who doesn’t feel about her late husband the way everyone assumes she does; Dean is a former Major League pitcher who flamed out spectacularly. In small-town Maine, their friendship blossoms into romance, and you can’t help but love them both. This is the very best kind of smart romantic comedy, and another great hammock-worthy summer read.

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    Evvie Drake Starts Over Book Cover Picture

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    Dining In Book Cover Picture

    Dining In

    by Alison Roman

    Alison Roman’s recipes have a habit of taking over the Internet—perhaps you’ve come across That Cookie or That Stew? As much as I love her savory recipes, and even though she claims not to be a dessert person, it’s indeed the desserts in this book that are my absolute favorites—particularly the Rhubarb-Almond Galette.

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    Dining In Book Cover Picture

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