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Here are five great reads to check out before the summer comes to a close!

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

I cannot say enough about this year's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! OK, so it's thick for a beach read, but Anthony's gorgeous, vivid prose will completely transport you. The story follows the intersecting narratives of two very different individuals on opposing sides of the German occupation of France during World War II: The blind, imaginative Marie-Laure who escapes Paris to a small coastal town, and Werner, an orphaned German boy with a love for the radio who gets swept up in a military career. It is unlike any piece of historical fiction I have ever read.

Fifth Avenue, 5 AM: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
by Sam Wasson

Audrey Hepburn holds an iconic yet enigmatic place in popular culture: Women want to dress like her, hang Breakfast at Tiffany's posters in their apartments and accredit inspirational quotes to her that she never actually said for their Instagram profiles. But how much does the average girl really know about this muse? Fifth Avenue, 5AM takes you behind the scenes of the making of Hepburn's most famous film, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and explores the trials and tribulations of her breakneck rise to fame.

It Was Me All Along
by Andrea Mitchell

This poignant memoir by food blogger Andie Mitchell of Can You Stay for Dinner? has forever changed the way I look at food. Chronicling her emotional, 135-lbs. weight loss journey, Andie's story is for everyone regardless of their personal relationship, (or lack thereof), with a scale. At its core lie lessons of self-respect and self-love while emphasizing the damages of both self-indulgence and self-neglect.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
by Marja Mills

I have been a fan of the classic To Kill A Mockingbird ever since I read it as a reluctant middle schooler. That, combined with my love of non-fiction, made me extremely excited to discover this memoir written by journalist Marja Mills, narrating her adventures living next door to Mockingbird's notoriously-private author, Harper Lee. Harper invites Mills into her world, where she experiences the town and people who inspired the classic American novel. I have yet to read Go Set a Watchman, but in the wake of its release and the stirring controversies surrounding it, I found it refreshing, nostalgic and rewarding to have the opportunity to see the world through this reluctant celebrity's eyes.

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

This fast-paced bestseller is next on my own to-do list! Friends and family alike have promoted this book to me with such urgency that I can barely wait for my next beach day to crack it open under the shade of my sunhat. About a girl who unwittingly uncovers a possible crime during her daily commute, this best-seller sounds like the perfect mix of Gillian Flynn and Alfred Hitchcock, a pulse-pushing thriller capable of spicing up a mellow summer afternoon.
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