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Another new month is upon us. I generally think of the summer as paperback season -- there's so many new paperbacks in June and July, just in time for beach season! -- but this July has some of the year's best releases. Some of the authors below you'll recognize instantly, and some will be newer, but all will be worthy of your time. As always, these books that we're most excited about -- the top 10 new releases, the 15 "Also of Note" books that didn't quite make the top 10, and the 10 new paperbacks -- are all listed alphabetically by author last name.

The Wedding Party, by Jasmine Guillory
This is Jasmine's third romance novel, and if it's received like the first two (The Wedding Date and The Proposal) it'll be an instant New York Times bestseller. Berkley Publishing is smart too, as they offer these books as paperback originals to keep the price reasonable, which we know we appreciate. The story follows two people, Maddie and Theo, who hate each other, but come together in the wedding party for their best friend Alexa. Will or won't sparks fly? You'll have to read it to find out!

Never Have I Ever, by Joshilyn Jackson
Joshilyn's book, The Opposite of Everyone, is one of my favorites, so I'm very excited for this one, as is our buyer, Kristin. A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists and humor, Never Have I Ever follows a woman who has to beat the devil at her own game in order to protect her past transgressions from coming to light and ruining the happy life she's built.

Small World, by Ishta Mercurio
We got a chance to listen to the book's illustrator, Jen Corace (who is an old friend of our manager Megan) at a recent book-industry event, and became borderline obsessed with the art in this book. The book itself is also amazing, tracing how the world expands for us as we go from infants to adults.

Chances Are..., by Richard Russo
Chances are, you've heard of Richard Russo. Chances are, you don't need to be told that the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Empire Falls is amazing. Chances are, you might not know that his daughter Emily is part of our bookselling family, because she is the co-owner of Print: A Bookstore in Portland (which you should visit). Chances Are... is set on Martha's Vineyard, and is a riveting story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship. We'll have signed first editions!

Hope Rides Again, by Andrew Shaffer
Shaffer's last book, Hope Never Dies, was one of our 2018 bestsellers. Hope Rides Again, like Hope Never Dies, is an Obama-Biden mystery. This sequel finds the charming duo reprising their (very fictional) roles as BFFs turned detectives who uncover a vast conspiracy. While our former Vice President might not be as universally beloved now that he's running for President, this book will be sure to remind people why we fell in love with the duo more than a decade ago.

Wings of Fire 13: The Poison Jungle, by Tui Sutherland
🚨🚨🚨 NEW WINGS OF FIRE!!! 🚨🚨🚨 In this one, a brand-new tribe of dragons is discovered!

Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo
This is hands down going to be one of the most important books of 2019. The author, who our manager Megan has had the pleasure of meeting, followed the sexual lives of three American women for years (actually traveled to where they live and embedded with them), to tell this groundbreaking portrait of erotic longing in America. It's already received praise from Elizabeth Gilbert, Dave Eggers, and scores more. It is the No. 1 Indie Next pick for July, as well as Megan's staff pick.

Shatter the Sky, by Rebecca Kim Wells
This is my favorite book of the year to date, and probably will finish the year as such. I'll admit to being slightly biased, because Rebecca is part of our bookselling family, as she is the children's buyer at Porter Square Books, but I COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN. I finished it in less than 24 hours while I was on vacation back in February, and I've been eagerly awaiting its release ever since. It's an Indie Next and Indies Introduce pick, so it's already getting a lot of attention. Rebecca has billed it as the "angry bi-sexual dragon" book, and that is a very good description. But even that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, even if you don't normally read Young Adult or Fantasy, pick up a copy of it anyway. Trust me. Since it doesn't actually come out until July 30th, this will be my August staff pick, and I'll be pushing it on people for the rest of the year. I'm also excited to announce that Rebecca will be in store on Friday, Sept. 27, in conversation with one of our other very favorite people, author Sara Farizan.

Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
In the follow-up effort to the Pulitzer-Prize and National-Book-Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Whitehead takes us inside to a juvenile reformatory in Jim Crow-era Florida. The Nickel Academy bills itself as a place where delinquent boys can be put on the right path but is really a grotesque chamber of horrors where students are physically abused and sexually assaulted. The novel is sadly based on a true story. We'll have signed first editions, which you should absolutely pre-order now so you can be assured of getting one!

The Pigeon HAS to go to School, by Mo Willems
But the Pigeon already knows everything! Why does he have to go to school? What if the teacher doesn't like him? What if he doesn't like school? Well, sorry Pigeon, you're growing up, and it's time to go to school. Perfectly timed for all the little ones who may be grappling with the same questions and feelings this summer, hopefully the Pigeon will help them get ready to go into their first day with a smile on their face!

Also of Note:
This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
We Walked the Sky, by Lisa Fiedler
Lady in the Lake, by Laura Lippman
Deep River, by Karl Marlantes
The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited, by Clint McElroy et al.
I Am a Tiger, by Karl Newson
Wilder Girls, by Rory Power
If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Red Sox, by Jerry Remy and Nick Cafardo
For the Good of the Game, by Bud Selig
Body Leaping Backward, by Maureen Stanton
The Lager Queen of Minnesota, by J. Ryan Stradal
They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei
Cheshire Crossing, by Andy Weir
Wanderers, by Chuck Wendig
Supper Club, by Lara Williams ***Erica's staff pick for July***

New in Paperback:
Hippie, by Paulo Coelho
Vox, by Christina Dalcher
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green
Pink Is for Blobfish, by Jess Keating
The Incendiaries, by R.O. Kwon
The Late Bloomer's Club, by Louise Miller
The Shakespeare Requirement, by Julie Schumaker
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Movie Tie-In Edition, by Alvin Schwartz
Once Upon a River, by Diane Setterfeld
Tony's Wife, by Adriana Trigiani

Our Summer Reading program is live! Stop by and grab a form. If your kids read eight hours this summer, they will get a $5 gift card to the store, a coupon for a free cookie from Legends Cafe, and will be entered into a drawing to win prizes from other area businesses.

There is also, separately, an adult summer reading program. Buy one of the books on our Adult Summer Reading list and you will be entered for a separate prize drawing!

You can see Summer Reading recs on our website.
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