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Here are some good books to kick off the month of June

Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors by Don Mann
The inside story of America's ultimate warriors when Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men  who completed the seemingly impossible mission that dogged  the U.S. government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best and bravest,  survived the legendary and grueling selection process that led to membership in Team 6, a group so “classified” that technically, it did not even exist.  There are no better warriors on Earth.

A Simple Act of Violence by R. J. Ellory
R. J. Ellory's latest paperback is his most timely, menacing serial killer novel yet.  It is a stunning work of suspense guaranteed to keep the reader awake at night. Set in Washington, embroiled in elections, it follows Detective Robert Miller as he is assigned to an unsettling murder case. He finds a serious complication: the victims do not officially exist. Their personal details do not register on any known systems. And as Miller unearths ever more disturbing facts, he starts to face truths about the corrupt world he lives in --truths so far removed from his own reality that he begins to fear for his life.

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to The Magicians.  Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory - a fictional utopia - was real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring.

Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off - only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they'd  hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia's illicitly-learned sorcery. They face a sinister threat in a world far removed from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.

The Inspector and Silence: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery by Hakan Nesser- (More Nordic Fiction)
Swedish detective Van Veeteren must crack a secretive and
uncooperative religious sect in order to solve a string of brutal murders.
 
When one of Pure Life’s members is found raped and strangled  in the forest near the group’s camp, the Chief Inspector is called to investigate. The Pure Life has chosen to remain silent about the incident rather than defend itself, so Van Veeteren’s only lead is the anonymous caller who reported the body. As the unidentified woman continues to assist the authorities, her knowledge suggests she’s more than just a passing Good Samaritan, but her tips become doubly perplexing as a new string of increasingly horrifying crimes defy everything Van Veeteren and his team thought they knew about the case.

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
In his sixth novel, Tom Perrotta returns to the familiar suburban territory he’s visited in novels like Little Children with a thoughtful look at what the world might feel like to ordinary people left behind after a Rapture-like event.

 

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of The Fixer Upper comes a novel filled with her trademark warmth and humor--the  story of four women, a month at the beach, and the healing power  of friendship and second chances.

 

The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
This book concludes the sweeping, multi-generational saga that began with The Tea Rose and continued with The Winter Rose. It is London, 1914, when World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in  forbidding corners of the earth. Into this volatile mix Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters.

Blue Nights by Joan Didion
In a bookend to The Year of Magical Thinking, her account of the aftermath of her husband’s sudden death, Joan Didion confronts the loss of her daughter, reflecting on the joys and pains of parenthood, the fragility of memory and the process of aging.

The Dog Who Came in From the Cold: A Corduroy Mansions Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
In the elegantly crumbling mansion block called Corduroy Mansions,  the comings and goings of the motley crew of residents continue  apace. Our small, furry, endlessly surprising canine hero, Freddie  de la Hay, has just been recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian  spy ring. Needless to say, the other denizens of Corduroy Mansions  have issues of their own.

The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts
Elizabeth Letts tells the remarkable story of Snowman and Harry de  Leyer, the inseparable horse and rider who became unlikely  champions in the 1958 National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
The setting for this summer-friendly read is a perfect beach  retreat, and the highly imperfect Irish-American family that  inhabits it. When four women of different generations and  sensibilities collide, fireworks --- not just the Fourth of July  kind --- ensue. 

The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
Lord John Grey finds himself in need of help from one particular  paroled prisoner of war --- Jamie Fraser. Unwilling to re-kindle  their now distant relationship, he also knows Jamie is most likely  the only one who can help him. Reluctantly, the two set out for  Ireland to investigate a case of corruption charges against a British officer.

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer. To celebrate her new lease on life, Kate will do the one thing that's always terrified her. But if she does, each of them will also do the one thing they always swore they'd never do.


Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
A story of survival and war, love and madness, loyalty and forgiveness- an intimate exploration of Fuller’s parents and of the price of being possessed by Africa’s uncompromising, fertile, death-dealing land. We follow Tim and Nicola Fuller hopscotching the continent, restlessly trying to establish a home. War, hardship, and tragedy follow the family even as Nicola fights to hold on
to her children, her land, her sanity. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken by the continent she loves, it is the African earth that revives and nurtures her.

The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss
Lucy Derrick is a young woman of good breeding and poor finances. After the death of her beloved father, she becomes the unwanted boarder of her
tyrannical uncle, fending off marriage to a local mill owner. But just as she is resigned to a life of misery, a handsome stranger—the poet and notorious rake Lord Byron—arrives at her house, stricken by what seems to be a curse, and with a cryptic message for Lucy.
 
With England on the cusp of revolution, Lucy inexplicably finds herself awakened to a world where magic and mortals collide, and the forces of  ancient nature and modern progress are at war for the soul of England and the world. The key to victory may be a cryptic volume whose powers of enchantment are unbounded. Now, challenged by ruthless enemies with ancient powers at their command, Lucy must harness newfound mystical skills to preserve humanity’s future. And enthralled by two exceptional men with designs on her heart, she must master her own desires to claim the destiny she deserves.

The Good Thief's Guide to Venice: A Mystery by Chris Ewan
After a streak of bad luck in Vegas, writer and thief Charlie Howard has retreated to Venice, having vowed to give up a life of crime to write
mysteries full-time. But inspiration fails to strike. To make matters worse, Charlie’s prized first edition of The Maltese Falcon flies out the window with a femme-fatale burglar.

Blackmailed into returning to crime in order to get his book back, Charlie is catapulted into a plot that is more explosive than even he could have imagined.

According to the Publishers Weekly starred review this look at Venice is a "hilarious yet suspenseful" caper.

 

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