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Everyone on staff has chosen a couple of their favourite novels for the summer of 2021. There's a wide range of books—whatever you're in the mood for, we think you'll find something you'll love!

Trust Us Book, Summer 2021

As always, we won't tell you anything about this pre-wrapped book other than the fact we loved it and our chosen tagline: "You find a way, is what you do..."

Please note this book cannot be purchased online; call or email the store to reserve your copy!

The Boy in the Field, Margot Livesey [Releases July 27]

A poignant and probing psychological drama that follows the lives of three siblings in the wake of a violent crime. As each of the siblings confronts the complications and contradictions of their approaching adulthood, they find themselves at once drawn together and driven apart.

Picked by: Susan, Chris, Sarah

The Cellist, Daniel Silva 

Daniel Silva's latest thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon. Elegant and sophisticated, provocative and daring, The Cellist explores the corrupting influence of dirty money wielded by a revanchist and reckless Russia. It is at once a novel of hope and a stark warning about the fragile state of democracy. 

Picked by: Susan

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, Deepa Anappara

When a classmate goes missing, 9-year-old Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from police TV shows to find him—but soon more children start disappearing. This debut novel traces the unfolding of a tragedy while capturing the fierce warmth and resilience of a community forged in adversity.

Picked by: Katie, Sarah

The End of October, Lawrence Wright

A deadly virus leapfrogs around the globe and brings the world to a standstill. This is a thriller steeped in real-life political and scientific implications, written just before the COVID-19 pandemic and that now reads as eerily prescient.

Picked by: Helen

Firekeeper's Daughter, Angeline Boulley

A YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community and embarks on a search for the truth. 18-year-old Daunis Fontaine will learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go for her community, even if it tears apart the world she knows.

Picked by: Laura

Hana Khan Carries On, Uzma Jalaluddin

A rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants. Hana waitresses part time and hosts a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But a competitor, a more upscale halal place, is about to open nearby... As her life changes, Hana must learn to use her voice and decide her future.

Picked by: Kathleen, Laura

House of Trelawney, Hannah Rothschild

Satirical and moving, this is a novel about an eccentric, dysfunctional family of English aristocrats and their crumbling stately home, demonstrating how the lives and hopes of women can be shaped by the ties of family and love—and the discovery that the house itself is really only a very small part of what keeps the family together.

Picked by: Mary

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V E Schwab

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie LaRue's life will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. 

Picked by: Katie, Mary

The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave

A riveting mystery with breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama. Before Owen disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Hannah knows the note refers to Owen’s 16-year-old daughter, Bailey, and together they set out to discover the truth. But as they put together the pieces of Owen’s past, they realise they’re also building a new future.

Picked by: Diane, Laura, Kathleen

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, Honorée Jeffers

An intimate yet sweeping novel that chronicles the journey of one American family, from the centuries of the colonial slave trade through the Civil War to today. Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the tales of generations of ancestors in the deep South. In doing so she discovers a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience.

Picked by: Sarah

The Maidens, Alex Michaelides

By the author of The Silent Patient, this psychological thriller weaves together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession. Mariana is certain that Edward Fosca is a murderer. But Fosca, a charismatic Cambridge professor, is untouchable. Mariana is determined to prove his guilt and stop this killer—even if it costs her everything.

Picked by: Laura

Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu, 1983. Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of one night, each of their lives will be changed forever in this new novel from the author of Daisy Jones & The Six. This is a story about family: about what you choose to keep from the people who made you, and what you must leave behind.

Picked by: Laura

Mary Jane, Jessica Anya Blau

A fourteen-year-old girl’s coming of age in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her straight-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for—who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer. Mary Jane will arrive at September with a new idea about what she wants out of life, and what kind of person she’s going to be.

Picked by: Sarah

The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris 

Sharp and electric, a debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing. A dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated or overlooked in the workplace, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

Picked by: Kathleen

The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue

Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the great flu. A small world of work, risk, death, and unlooked-for love as caregivers and mothers alike change each other’s lives in unexpected ways.

Picked by: Chris, Helen

Songs in Ursa Major, Emma Brodie

A transporting love story of music, stardom, heartbreak, and a gifted young singer-songwriter who must find her own voice. Inspired by the romance and creative collaboration between artists Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, and shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, Songs in Ursa Major asks: What are we willing to sacrifice for our dreams?

Picked by: Sarah

The Spoilt Kill, Mary Kelly

First published in 1961, The Spoilt Kill is a classic British detective crime fiction from the Poisoned Pen Press. Widely heralded as a perfect golden age mystery, this piece of British crime fiction marked a shift in the genre towards mysteries characterized by psychological elements.

Picked by: Diane

Sufferance, Thomas King

Jeremiah Camp had gone into hiding in a small town, at an old residential school on an even smaller Indian reserve. And then his past came calling. A sly and satirical look at the fractures in modern existence, Sufferance is a bold and provocative novel about the social and political consequences of the inequality created by privilege and power—and what we might do about it.

Picked by: Susan, Chris, Helen

That Summer, Jennifer Weiner

A timely and deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship. From the manicured Main Line of Philadelphia to the wild landscape of the Outer Cape, written with Jennifer Weiner’s signature wit and sharp observations, That Summer is a story about surviving our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of friendship.

Picked by: Mary

West with Giraffes, Lynda Rutledge

Inspired by the true story of two giraffes who won the hearts of Depression-era America, this tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones, including the world’s first female zoo director and a crusty old man with a past. In parts adventure, historical saga, and coming-of-age love story, this book explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals and the kindness of strangers.

Picked by: Susan