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June 9, 2013

BOOK NOOK: Your go-to guide for fun-in-the-sun reading

Tonawanda News — You’ve got your summer all planned out.

Weekends with family are starting to fill in between trips and festivals. You’ve got a few household chores planned, some exploring around town, a bit of a road trip and plenty of dates with a cold one in the back yard.

So what are you going to read this year? How about these great suggestions:

May

The first unofficial month of summer may be over, but it can’t hurt to check out this month’s releases, like historical books “The Civil War in 50 Objects” by Harold Holtzer or “American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms” by Chris Kyle and William Doyle.

There are plenty of books out in May that will whip you into shorts-and-swimsuit season, including “Hungry Girl 200 Under 200” by Lisa Lillien, “No Bake Makery” by Cristina Suarez Krumsick, and “Fresh Happy Tasty: an Adventure in 100 Recipes” by Jane Coxwell, as well as new foodie books by Guy Fieri, the Batali Brothers and Art Smith.

May brought new memoirs by Burt Bacharach; Donald Rumsfeld; and the original MTV VJs. You’ll also find new novels by Clive Cussler, Neil Gaiman, Dean Koontz, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Walter Mosley and Wanda E. Brunstetter.

June

Once summer officially starts, load up on more novels. Mary Kay Andrews has a new one coming out; so do Carl Hiaasen, Dorothea Benton Frank, Jeffrey Deaver, Jeannette Walls, Barbara Delinsky, Marsha Clark, James Patterson (with Howard Roughan) and James Rollins.

There’s a new bio on Willie, Waylon and Kris Kristofferson due in June. Jen Lancaster comes out with another great book. You’ll also find biographies by farmer Mardi Jo Link and a new book about President Obama.

Historians will love June’s offerings: a book on the 1936 Berlin Olympics; one about the wives of early astronauts; a book about the Revolutionary War; and a book about American prosperity in each of the 50 states.

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