On this 2017 edition of National Book Lovers Day, let's run through some of the best summer reads.
"Fly Me" by Daniel Riley. A nation on the verge of a new era — and a girl caught between her past and the ever-expanding present. The year is 1972, and the beaches of Los Angeles are the center of the world.
"The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" by Arundhati Roy. The second novel by Indian writer Roy deals with some of the darkest and most violent episodes of modern Indian history.
"Black Edge" by Sheelah Kolhatkar. Story of the billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen, the rise and fall of his hedge fund, SAC Capital, and the largest insider trading investigation in history.
"Into the Water" by Paula Hawkins. A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
"13 Reasons Why" by Jay Asher. Basis of the television series "13 Reasons Why," released through Netflix. Clay Jensen, a shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find that he has received a mysterious package in the mail. It contains seven cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, a classmate who recently committed suicide.
"Runnin' With the Devil" by Noel E. Monk and Joe Layden. The manager who shepherded Van Halen from obscurity to rock stardom goes behind the scenes to tell the complete, unadulterated story of David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and the legendary band that changed rock music.
"The Animators" by Kayla Rae Whitaker. In their first year of college, two young women, both outsiders at their prestigious East Coast college, meet in "Introduction to Sketch" and become instant best friends. A decade later, Mel and Sharon's lives remain intertwined, but so much else has changed.
"We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria" by Wendy Pearlman. Collection of wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war and flight.
"Goodbye, Vitamin" by Rachel Khong. Ruth goes home for Christmas for the first time in three years to find that her father's Alzheimer's has progressed and her mother wants her to move back home and help with his care.
"Priestdaddy" by Patricia Lockwood. Lockwood's memoir recounts her upbringing as the daughter of a married Lutheran minister who converted to Catholicism, becoming one of the few married Catholic priests.
"Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty. Made into an HBO miniseries starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Critics praised the book's balance of humor with more serious issues like domestic abuse.
"New People" by Danzy Senna. As the 20th century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, living together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her, but she can't stop daydreaming about another man.