Reads & Recs: summer and fall new releases!

New 2016 book releases for ya! All of these books are ones that I’m dying to read. One has already been released, and the others are shortly coming to a bookstore/e-reader near you. I love the excitement of finding and reading an amazing new book, so here are my recommendations for summer and fall new releases in fiction!

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Crossing the Horizon, Laurie Notaro

Release date: October 4, 2016

Crossing the Horizon has me giddy because it’s set in the glitzy 1920s! However, it’s not a typical 1920s flapper story, one that’s been so often told that it’s a cliche. Rather, this story focuses on “the true, little-known story of three aviatrixes in a race to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.” Those three aviatrixes are the real-life women Elsie Mackay, Mabel Boll, and Ruth Elder. This book promises to bring these women to life like they’ve never been before.

The Woman on the Orient Express, Lindsay Jayne Ashford

Release date: September 20, 2016

We’ve read Murder on the Orient Express, but what about the woman who wrote it? The Woman on the Orient Express re-orients the story to focus on its author, Agatha Christie. Focusing on Agatha Christie’s decision to break from her husband, the story follows Agatha boarding the Orient Express alongside a cast of other women in different circumstances, but who forge bonds on their journey. I’m not a huge fan of this kind of revisionism, especially when it comes to commenting on authors’ work and their lives, but I’m excited to try this book.

The Girls, Emma Cline

Release date: June 16, 2o16

Gotta admit, the cover of this book sucked me in. It’s such an evocative, transporting image, one that feels like it was genuinely shot in the 70s. The title is also simple, belying the subject matter: A young woman named Evie Boyd is caught up in some kind of unthinkable violence at the hands of a group of girls at the center of the 1969 counter-culture, and experiences something that will change her life forever. This book reminds me somewhat of The Virgin Suicides, and the description is vague and chilling enough to make me want to read a lot more.

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