Summer Reading Final Call | Wyatt’s World

As August begins the slow slide into fall, back-to-school commercials toll doom for students and the baseball season rounds the corner into an extended homestretch. Make the most of the final month of vacations with a last look at summer reading.

  • The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton (Knopf).
    Dive into this smartly observed story about Marion Palm, a mom who steals money from her daughter’s private school and then absconds with the loot. This buzzy debut received attention at this year’s BookExpo and is featured on several summer reading lists.
  • Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter (Farrar).
    Summer road food and a father’s search for his addicted son and his own sense of self power this story of regret, love, and broken families. Not only a top pick by critics but a title many have had on their radar from the start of 2017.
  • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Atlantic Monthly).
    This historical thriller, an Indie Next pick, takes up the story of murderess Lizzie Borden, offering a character-rich, well-set, and compulsively readable tale of atmospheric chills.
  • Careers for Women by Joanna Scott (Little, Brown).
    Set in midcentury New York City and beyond, this layered novel traces the rise of the World Trade Center and the fate of several female characters striving to build their own towering lives at the cusp of societal and cultural change.
  • The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh (Ecco: HarperCollins).
    This dark, modern genre blend from an Edgar Award nominee gathers criminals in a small Texas town, where citizens have been cleansed of their memories. The place resembles a kind of community prison—with a bar. Clearly, this cannot go well, and the body count quickly rises.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at

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