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FOUR SUMMERTIME RELEASES

Four summertime releases you’ll
want to spend extra time with.

BY CLAIRE YEZBAK FADDEN

Longer days. Sun-soaked rays. The gift of summer—more daylight hours to spend at the beach, by the pool or in your backyard with a good book. These new novels, each with a powerful story, will tempt you to get lost in their pages and hardly notice summer slip into autumn.

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WHAT’S COOKIN’

In this summer sizzler, J. Ryan Stradal brings readers right to the heart of Minnesota, from Lutheran church bake sales to opening weekend of deer season, and shares an incredible tale of how the food we eat and the people we meet shape the world around us. With Garrison Keillor-esque humor and Olive Kitteridge style, Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Pamela Dorman Books, July 28, 2015) shares the incredible story of Eva Thorvald’s triumph over a difficult childhood to become the woman with a once-in-a-generation palate behind the most sought-after dinner reservation in the country.

SECOND CHANCES

Blending stunning prose with compelling themes of motherhood, undocumented immigration, and the American Dream, Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s We Never Asked for Wings (Ballantine Hardcover, August 18, 2015) is the remarkable story of a California family holding on to hope against all odds. At the heart of the story is Letty Espinosa, mother of 15-year-old Alex and 6-year-old Luna. Struggling to make ends meet and longing to give her family a better life, Letty devises a plan to help them escape their dangerous Bay Area neighborhood. But one wrong move could jeopardize everything and threaten any hope of a better future.

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AFRICAN ADVENTURE

Novelist Paula McLain met Beryl Markham in the pages of West With the Night, Markham’s 1942 memoir and knew she had to write about this remarkable woman. A historic fiction tale, Circling the Sun, (Ballantine, July 28, 2015) opens in 1920s Kenya, where a circle of British expats have carved out a toe-hold of civilization at the edge of the boundless frontier. Abandoned by her mother and inspired by the dangerous beauty around her, Beryl becomes the first bush pilot to successfully scout game from the air for safari hunters. But the terrain she can’t seem to conquer is her own heart. When Beryl meets safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and the Danish author Karen Blixen, she’s catapulted into a passionate love triangle that will change the course of her life.

A SEARINGLY RHYTHMIC TALE

Carolina De Robertis delivers her most accomplished novel yet in The Gods of Tango (Knopf Publishing Group, July 7, 2015). It’s February 1913. Seventeen-year-old Leda leaves her small Italian village and travels to Argentina to meet her husband. Upon her arrival in Buenos Aires, she is shocked to learn her bridegroom has been killed. Clutching a suitcase and her father’s cherished violin, Leda remains in this unfamiliar city, living in a commune, without friends or family, on the brink of destitution. She finally acts on her secret passion, mastering the violin. Knowing she can never play in public as a woman, she cuts her hair, binds her breasts and­—posing as a man—joins a troupe of musicians bent on bringing tango into the salons of high society.

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Meet the Authors…

Monday, July 13: Carolina De Robertis, Gods of Tango
Tuesday, August 11: J. Ryan Stradal, Kitchens of the Great Midwest;
Tuesday, August 18: Vanessa Diffenbaugh, “We Never Asked for Wings,” (The La Jolla Riford Library, Reserved seating available.);
Wednesday, September 30: Paula McLain, Circling the Sun, Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla;
For details visit warwicks.com