We’re wishing you a relaxing and fun-filled 4th of July weekend, complete with lounging poolside or beachside, with a few good books: from nonfiction accounts of the U.S.’s first years (lest we forget what this day is about!), to quality fiction beach reading (lest we forget to enjoy ourselves!). 

REVOLUTIONARIES: A New History of the Invention of America by Jack Rakove. A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian tells the story of how a group of provincial lawyers, planters, land speculators, and merchants became American revolutionaries.

A BRILLIANT SOLUTION: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol BerkinA noted historian tells the story of the Constitutional Convention and how the framers invented our country during that fateful Philadelphia summer.

CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE BOHEMIAN HIGHWAY by Sara GranThe eagerly awaited second book in the Claire DeWitt mystery series, featuring “one of the genre’s most original characters in years … as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel.” (CNN)

THE VIEW FROM PENTHOUSE B by Elinor Lipman. Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment in the latest from Elinor Lipman, “the last urbane romantic” (Julia Glass). 

THE YEAR OF THE GADFLY: A Novel by Jennifer Miller"This terrific first novel is a twisted thriller set at a private school where bad things happen to teens on a leafy campus. Part Dead Poets Society, part Heathers. Entirely addictive."—Glamour 

**Help Jennifer visit 100 books clubs in the month of July with her Month of the Gadfly challenge!**

TOMORROW THERE WILL BE APRICOTS: A Novel by Jessica SofferFrom a debut author already praised by Colum McCann as a “profound and necessary new voice” comes a novel about two women adrift in New York—an Iraqi Jewish widow and the latchkey daughter of a chef—who find each other and a new kind of family through their shared love of cooking. 

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Happy reading!