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8 Books To Add To Your Shelf This July

These summer reads are perfect for any summer occasion! Read one while you're lounging on the beach, tanning by the pool, or even during your morning commute. They'll make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.

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Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

From the bestselling authors of The Knockoff, Fitness Junkie is an outrageously funny novel about one woman's attempt—through clay diets, naked yoga, green juice, and cultish workout classes—to win back her career, save her best friend, and lose thirty pounds. "There are no funnier, wittier people in all the land than Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. The writers of The Knockoff are here with their second novel about one woman’s attempt to basically fix her entire life, which she is positive will happen by losing 30 pounds. Think naked yoga. Think gross green juices. Think crazy cycling classes. Yes, please!" —Ruthie Friedlander, InStyle

The Guineveres by Sarah Domet

To four girls who have nothing, their friendship is everything: they are each other’s confidants, teachers, and family. The girls are all named Guinevere, and it is the surprise of finding another Guinevere in their midst that first brings them together. Sarah Domet weaves together the Guineveres’ past, present, and future to capture young women as they cross over to adulthood. “Deft and lovely…The perfect weight, in all ways. It’s suitable for a vacation, and you can describe it in one inviting line, but then it keeps unfolding and deepening, taking unexpected turns.” - The New York Times Book Review

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen

From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an “acceptable” woman. This no-holds-barred book examines the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures.

Slipsliding by the Bay by Barbara McDonald

Perched on the edge of San Francisco, Lakeside College is experiencing an identity crisis. The college is threatening to close, the English department wants to unionize, and the alumni want it to become exclusive to women. Meanwhile, students are engaging in their own warfare through sit-ins and protests. With the college besieged on all sides, what is its new president to do? “Intriguing. You got me hooked with the moving plot and interesting characters. I was curious to see what mischief Gudewill and Stein would cook up. Magdalena and Lucy continued to surprise.” ―Louis Owens, author of Sharpest Sight and Bone Game

The Goddesses by Swan Huntley

When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Her husband's been cheating on her, her kids are acting out, and her life seems to be falling apart. But all that changes in Kona - suddenly, her marriage is better, her kids are behaving, and she's got a brand new friend named Ana. But as Ana and Nancy grow closer, something sinister begins to unravel. "A mesmerizing story of friendship and manipulation set against the idyllic tropical world of the Big Island, The Goddesses is a stunning psychological novel by one of our most exciting young writers." - Lisa Shea, Elle

My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Part love story, part workplace drama, this novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social media world. Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for - meanwhile, her own life is a daily struggle. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts. Secrets are spilled, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own ideas about what makes life truly meaningful.

Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam

Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a weeklong arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. Playwrights, actors, historians, drunkards, perverts, members of the cultural elite, unknown nobodies, midlist somebodies, and legitimate stars descend upon the beach. But Rich just can't seem to enjoy himself. Who Is Rich? addresses the deeper questions: of family, children, and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance.

Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale

Two months before his wedding, James Donato chased his brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own. Devastated, James returns to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Will James be able to move on or will his family ties drag him back into the past all over again?

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