June 2022 Adult Top 10 Picks

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  1. The House Across the Lake
    by Riley Sager
    Dutton
    Jun 21, 2022
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    The House Across the Lake
    by Riley Sager
    Dutton
    Jun 21, 2022
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    The New York Times bestselling author of Final Girls and Survive the Night is back with his “best plot twist yet.” (People, "Best Summer Books")

    Be careful what you watch for . . .

    Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of bourbon, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake. They make for good viewing—a tech innovator, Tom is powerful; and a former model, Katherine is gorgeous.

    One day on the lake, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two strike up a budding friendship. But the more they get to know each other—and the longer Casey watches—it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom’s marriage isn’t as perfect as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey immediately suspects Tom of foul play. What she doesn’t realize is that there’s more to the story than meets the eye—and that shocking secrets can lurk beneath the most placid of surfaces.

    Packed with sharp characters, psychological suspense, and gasp-worthy plot twists, Riley Sager’s The House Across the Lake is the ultimate escapist read . . . no lake house required.
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  2. The Aerialists
    by Katie Munnik
    The Borough Press
    Apr 14, 2022
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Hardcover
    The Aerialists
    by Katie Munnik
    The Borough Press
    Apr 14, 2022
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Hardcover

    Paris, 1891 Laura is living on the streets, far from the American Prairies where she was born. When rescued by the entrancing aerialists, Ena and Auguste Gaudron, she soon finds herself ensconced in the family hot air balloon business, and offered the chance to learn how to fly.

    Cardiff, 1896 The Gaudrons accept an invitation to be part of the Cardiff Fine Art, Industrial and Maritime Exhibition, presenting a daring show of balloon ascents and parachute descents.

    Then late one night, a young girl, Grace, knocks on the Gaudrons’ door. She is desperate to fly, whatever the cost.
    As Grace’s dreams begin to take wing, can Laura be the one to keep her grounded? Or will both girls risk it all for one dazzling moment of flight?

    ‘A heady and stylish read that had me swept away from the first page. Munnik has captured a fascinating world of daring with both beauty and heart’ MAHSUDA SNAITH

    ‘Vivid and meticulous, Katie Munnik’s The Aerialists captures the tangled desires of people living on the thin air of their own daring – a glorious vision of a time, a place, a welter of human manipulations and hopes, and ultimately, their tragic effects. A really fine read’ JOAN BARFOOT

    ‘Based on a true story, this rich novel will capture your imagination’ BEST magazine

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  3. The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle
    by Sophie Green
    Hachette Australia
    Jul 05, 2022
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Paperback
    The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle
    by Sophie Green
    Hachette Australia
    Jul 05, 2022
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Paperback

    It's 1982 in Australia. THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV.

    In a seaside suburb, housewife Theresa takes up swimming. She wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.

    From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, bathing is the one constant in her new life.

    After finding herself in a desperate situation, 25-year-old Leanne only has herself to rely on. She became a nurse to help others, even as she resists help herself.

    Elaine has recently moved from England. Far from home and without her adult sons, her closest friend is a gin bottle.

    In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean's salt. They will find solace and companionship, and learn that love takes many forms.

    Most of all, they will cherish their friendship, each and every day.

    'A tender, heartwarming read' New Idea

    'An upbeat story about suburban life and female solidarity' Spectrum

    'A delightful novel about the power of female friendship' Sunday Age

    'Reading this book was like snuggling beneath a warm beach towel after a bracing dip in the ocean.' - JOANNA NELL

    Praise for Sophie Green's THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB

    'Tender, intimate, heartwarming, fulfilling and Australian as a lamb roast and full-bodied shiraz' The Australian Women's Weekly

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  4. Last Call at the Nightingale
    by Katharine Schellman
    Minotaur Books
    Jun 07, 2022
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
    Hardcover
    Last Call at the Nightingale
    by Katharine Schellman
    Minotaur Books
    Jun 07, 2022
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
    Hardcover

    First in a captivating Jazz age mystery series from author Katharine Schellman, Last Call at the Nightingale beckons readers into a darkly glamorous speakeasy where music, liquor, and secrets flow.

    "Schellman is at the top of her craft and delivers a murder mystery with clever twists and turns and memorable personalities."—Denny S. Bryce, Bestselling Author of Wild Women and the Blues

    New York, 1924. Vivian Kelly's days are filled with drudgery, from the tenement lodging she shares with her sister to the dress shop where she sews for hours every day.

    But at night, she escapes to The Nightingale, an underground dance hall where illegal liquor flows and the band plays the Charleston with reckless excitement. With a bartender willing to slip her a free glass of champagne and friends who know the owner, Vivian can lose herself in the music. No one asks where she came from or how much money she has. No one bats an eye if she flirts with men or women as long as she can keep up on the dance floor. At The Nightingale, Vivian forgets the dangers of Prohibition-era New York and finds a place that feels like home.

    But then she discovers a body behind the club, and those dangers come knocking.

    Caught in a police raid at the Nightingale, Vivian discovers that the dead man wasn't the nameless bootlegger he first appeared. With too many people assuming she knows more about the crime than she does, Vivian finds herself caught between the dangers of the New York's underground and the world of the city's wealthy and careless, where money can hide any sin and the lives of the poor are considered disposable...including Vivian's own.

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  5. Wash Day Diaries
    by Jamila Rowser
    Chronicle Books
    Jul 05, 2022
    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General
    Paperback
    Wash Day Diaries
    by Jamila Rowser
    Chronicle Books
    Jul 05, 2022
    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General
    Paperback
    From writer Jamila Rowser and artist Robyn Smith comes a captivating graphic novel love letter to the beauty and endurance of Black women, their friendships, and their hair.

    Wash Day Diaries tells the story of four best friends—Kim, Tanisha, Davene, and Cookie—through five connected short story comics that follow these young women through the ups and downs of their daily lives in the Bronx.

    The book takes its title from the wash day experience shared by Black women everywhere of setting aside all plans and responsibilities for a full day of washing, conditioning, and nourishing their hair. Each short story uses hair routines as a window into these four characters' everyday lives and how they care for each other.

    Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith originally kickstarted their critically acclaimed, award-winning slice of life mini comic, Wash Day, inspired by Rowser's own wash day ritual and their shared desire to see more comics featuring the daily lived experiences of young Black women. Wash Day Diaries includes an updated, full color version of this original comic—which follows Kim, a 26-year-old woman living in the Bronx—as the book's first chapter and expands into a graphic novel with short stories about these vibrant and relatable new characters.

    In expanding the story of Kim and her friends, the authors pay tribute to Black sisterhood through portraits of shared, yet deeply personal experiences of Black hair care. From self-care to spilling the tea at an hours-long salon appointment to healing family rifts, the stories are brought to life through beautifully drawn characters and different color palettes reflecting the mood in each story.

    At times touching, quiet, triumphant, and laugh out loud funny, the stories of Wash Day Diaries pay a loving tribute to Black joy and the resilience of Black women.
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  6. Dele Weds Destiny
    by Tomi Obaro
    Knopf
    Jun 28, 2022
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    Dele Weds Destiny
    by Tomi Obaro
    Knopf
    Jun 28, 2022
    FICTION / Literary
    Hardcover
    The story of three once-inseparable college friends in Nigeria who reunite in Lagos for the first time in thirty years—a sparkling debut novel about mothers and daughters, culture and class, sex and love, and the extraordinary resilience of female friendship.

    “The bonds between women—as friends, and across the generations—are the jewels that make this story shine.” —Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage


    Funmi, Enitan, and Zainab first meet at university in Nigeria and become friends for life despite their differences. Funmi is beautiful, brash, and determined; Enitan is homely and eager, seeking escape from her single mother's smothering and needy love; Zainab is elegant and reserved, raised by her father's first two wives after her mother's death in childbirth. Their friendship is complicated but enduring, and over the course of the novel, the reader learns about their loves and losses. How Funmi stole Zainab's boyfriend and became pregnant, only to have an abortion and lose the boyfriend to police violence. How Enitan was seduced by an American Peace Corps volunteer, the only one who ever really saw her, but is culturally so different from him—a Connecticut WASP—that raising their daughter together put them at odds. How Zainab fell in love with her teacher, a friend of her father’s, and ruptured her relationship with her father to have him.

    Now, some thirty years later, the three women are reunited for the first time, in Lagos. The occasion: Funmi’s daughter, Destiny, is getting married. Enitan brings her American daughter, Remi. Zainab travels by bus, nervously leaving her ailing husband in the care of their son. Funmi, hosting the weekend with her wealthy husband, wants everything to go perfectly. But as the big day approaches, it becomes clear that something is not right. As the novel builds powerfully, the complexities of the mothers’ friendship—and the private wisdom each has earned—come to bear on a riveting, heartrending moment of decision. Dele Weds Destiny is a sensational debut from a dazzling new voice in contemporary fiction.
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  7. The Cook
    by Ajay Chowdhury
    Harvill Secker
    Jun 28, 2022
    FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
    Hardcover
    The Cook
    by Ajay Chowdhury
    Harvill Secker
    Jun 28, 2022
    FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
    Hardcover

    'A refreshing and welcome addition to the world of detective fiction' Abir Mukherjee


    'A real surprise... It is not just the descriptions of food that leave you hungry for more' The Times


    'Marvellous' Alex Marwood


    Kamil Rahman is a cook in a Brick Lane restaurant. But he used to be a detective back in Kolkata.
    And somehow trouble still knows how to find him.


    When a young woman Kamil knows is murdered the police are convinced her boyfriend is the culprit. Kamil isn't so sure and feels he has no choice but to start his own investigation. Meanwhile, his friend and restaurant manager, Anjoli, is troubled by a rise in the number of homeless deaths in their local area.

    Initially the cases seem unrelated, but as the duo dig deeper, they discover connections that stretch from London to Lahore.

    Together they take on the indifference of the authorities to the homeless and the casual racism that pervades the investigation of killings of Muslims - all while trying to stop a supremely intelligent murderer who always seems to be several steps ahead of them.

    From the award-winning author of The Waiter comes the second page-turning mystery starring detective-turned-cook Kamil Rahman. For readers of Anthony Horowitz, Robert Galbraith and Elly Griffiths.

    Praise for The Waiter:
    'A hugely entertaining first novel, taking us from Kolkata to Brick Lane' ANN CLEEVES
    '[An] outstanding debut' SUNDAY TIMES
    'A rip-roaring mystery that's engrossing from start to finish... a refreshing and welcome addition to the world of detective fiction. One of my favourite reads of the year' ABIR MUKHERJEE
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  8. The World As We Knew It
    by Amy Brady 'Canada'
    Catapult
    Jun 14, 2022
    LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
    Paperback
    The World As We Knew It
    by Amy Brady 'Canada'
    Catapult
    Jun 14, 2022
    LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
    Paperback
    Nineteen leading literary writers from around the globe offer timely, haunting first-person reflections on how climate change has altered their lives—including essays by Lydia Millet, Alexandra Kleeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Omar El Akkad, Lidia Yuknavitch, Melissa Febos, and more

    In this riveting anthology, leading literary writers reflect on how climate change has altered their lives, revealing the personal and haunting consequences of this global threat.

    In the opening essay, National Book Award finalist Lydia Millet mourns the end of the Saguaro cacti in her Arizona backyard due to drought. Later, Omar El Akkad contemplates how the rise of temperatures in the Middle East is destroying his home and the wellspring of his art. Gabrielle Bellot reflects on how a bizarre lionfish invasion devastated the coral reef near her home in the Caribbean—a precursor to even stranger events to come. Traveling through Nebraska, Terese Svoboda witnesses cougars running across highways and showing up in kindergartens.

    As the stories unfold—from Antarctica to Australia, New Hampshire to New York—an intimate portrait of a climate-changed world emerges, captured by writers whose lives jostle against incongruous memories of familiar places that have been transformed in startling ways.
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  9. The Lies I Tell
    by Julie Clark
    Sourcebooks Landmark
    Jun 21, 2022
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover
    The Lies I Tell
    by Julie Clark
    Sourcebooks Landmark
    Jun 21, 2022
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardcover

    "Julie Clark has done it again...taking you straight into the collision course of two dynamic, complicated women." —Laura Dave, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    The new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight!

    She's back.

    Meg Williams. Maggie Littleton. Melody Wilde. Different names for the same person, depending on the town, depending on the job. She's a con artist who erases herself to become whoever you need her to be—a college student. A life coach. A real estate agent. Nothing about her is real. She slides alongside you and tells you exactly what you need to hear, and by the time she's done, you've likely lost everything.

    Kat Roberts has been waiting ten years for the woman who upended her life to return. And now that she has, Kat is determined to be the one to expose her. But as the two women grow closer, Kat's long-held assumptions begin to crumble, leaving Kat to wonder who Meg's true target is.

    The Lies I Tell is a twisted domestic thriller that dives deep into the psyches and motivations of two women and their unwavering quest to seek justice for the past and rewrite the future.

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  10. Summer Fires
    by Giulia Sagramola
    Dark Horse Books
    Jul 12, 2022
    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
    Hardcover
    Summer Fires
    by Giulia Sagramola
    Dark Horse Books
    Jul 12, 2022
    COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
    Hardcover
    In Giulia Sagramola's first long-form graphic novel, we follow the story of two sisters, Rachel and Sylvia, as they come of age in a typical Italian town.

    The two find themselves faced with the tough choices of teenaged life, which mirror the fires in the surrounding hillsides of the town, as one decision or another leads to unsettled feelings and desires.

    This wonderfully and meticulously illustrated tale takes all of the consternation and heartbreak we know too well from teenaged life, and puts it on display in a beautiful and subdued package. Summer Fires is presented here for the first time in English.
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