Maurice On Books Presents Summer Reading 2021

Literary Fiction:

  • The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan
  • Surviving Savannah by Patti Calahan
  • Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy (7/6/21)
  • The Mission House by Carys Davies
  • Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray
  • The Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Gable (8/17/21)
  • The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel (7/6/21)
  • Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkins (6/15/21)
  • Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri (6/4/21)
  • We Are the Brennan’s by Tracey Lang (8/3/21)
  • Among the Beautiful Beasts by Lori McMullen (June)
  • The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
  • Margreete’s Harbor by Eleanor Morse ( 4/20/21)
  • The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Outlawed by Anna North
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck
  • Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian
  • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (5/18/21)
  • Good Company by Cynthia D’prix Sweeney
  • Under the Wave At Waimea by Paul Theroux
  • We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida
  • The Elephant of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh

Mystery and Thriller:

  • Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
  • The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen
  • The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave (5/4/21)
  • Palace of the Drowned by Christine Mangan ( 6/1/21)
  • Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
  • The Cellist by Daniel Silva (7/13/21)
  • Our Woman in Moscow by Beatrice Williams (6/1/21)

Beach Reads:

  • The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews (5/4/21)
  • Blush by Jamie Brenner (6/22/21)
  • The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (5/4/21)
  • The Summer of Lost and Found by Mary Alice Monroe (5/4/21)
  • The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian
  • Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (5/25/21)
  • The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan
  • That Summer by Jennifer Weiner (5/11/21)

Non Fiction:

  • Finding Freedom by Erin French
  • Seed to Dust by Marc Hamer (May)
  • The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson
  • When Harry Met Minnie by Martha Teichner
  • The Nine by Gwen Strauss (5/4/21)

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone:

  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
  • Good Neighbors by Sarah Penner

13 thoughts on “Maurice On Books Presents Summer Reading 2021

  1. Love all your suggestions, but I think Erika Robuck’s book is The Invisible Woman, not The Impossible Woman. Cordially, Jean WareHouston 

    The best is yet to come…

  2. Yikes, I consider myself a prolific reader and have not read one of these! Thanks for sharing!

    On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 7:39 AM Maurice on Books wrote:

    > lomaurice posted: ” Literary Fiction: The Arsonists’ City by Hala > AlyanSurviving Savannah by Patti CalahanShoulder Season by Christina Clancy > (7/6/21)The Mission House by Carys DaviesWomen of Chateau Lafayette by > Stephanie DrayThe Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Ga” >

    • I have put together a very eclectic mix of books. I purposely weave light fiction titles amongst. But these are all brilliantly written books. I think we need this for this year. This is the very diversity we need. There is surely stuff for every reader. Enjoy.

  3. I have Shoulder Season and Northern Spy and Outlawed was very good and different. I was declined for a review copy of Malibu Rising but it’s also on my list. Oh! I have Hamnet too. I guess I have a lot of these on my Kindle. Great variety here.

  4. Excited to get another summer reading list! I know you usually collaborate with Elaine Newton to produce a list, is this list a replacement or will there be another list? Thanks for all the reading you do!

  5. Thank you for your list of books, I am avid follower. Wondering if you will also be providing a reading list from Elaine Newton like you have done in the past. I understand her lectures are cancelled, but wondering if she will still do a list. Thank you in advance and for all that you do. Kind regards, Maxine

    On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 6:38 AM Maurice on Books wrote:

    > lomaurice posted: ” Literary Fiction: The Arsonists’ City by Hala > AlyanSurviving Savannah by Patti CalahanShoulder Season by Christina Clancy > (7/6/21)The Mission House by Carys DaviesWomen of Chateau Lafayette by > Stephanie DrayThe Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Ga” >

  6. Thanks for the kind words. I have worked on the Critic’s Choice summer reading list with Elaine for twenty plus year. This year will be a departure. Hoping she is able to get back down here next year.

  7. This is so exciting! I look forward to spending many happy hours going down the list of books! Thank you for taking the time to compile a wonderful selection of subjects.
    Wilma

  8. On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 7:39 AM Maurice on Books wrote:

    > lomaurice posted: ” Literary Fiction: The Arsonists’ City by Hala > AlyanSurviving Savannah by Patti CalahanShoulder Season by Christina Clancy > (7/6/21)The Mission House by Carys DaviesWomen of Chateau Lafayette by > Stephanie DrayThe Bookseller’s Secret by Michelle Ga” >

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