Word’s pick: “Euphoria” by Lily King
If you’re tired of the heat, “Euphoria” might make you feel a little better, for it is much hotter — and there are way more bugs — in 1930s New Guinea, where the brilliant, intuitive anthropologist Nell Stone and her temperamental Australian husband, Fen, are looking for a new tribe to study. They find the Tam, and they also find Andrew Bankson, a fellow scientist who is so unlike Nell and Fen that he fills a strange space in their lives. Darkness looms from the very first page, but “Euphoria” is a vibrant, taut, and beautifully written depiction of conflicting and complementary passion.
— Jenn Northington, Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbrooklyn.com].
The BookMark Shoppe’s pick: “The Sweet Spot” by Stephanie Evanovich
From New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich comes another fun-loving story about true love, and the power of fate. When handsome, rich, pro-baseball player Chase Walker meets restaurateur Amanda Cole, it is love at first sight. But Amanda doesn’t trust the fast-talking playboy. Yet he finds a way into her heart. But when a tabloid and a hidden camera threaten to turn this fledgling love into just another joke relationship, can Amanda stand her ground? Or is it easier to just call it quits? Fans of “Big Girl Panties” will love reading Chase and Amanda’s story. A perfect blend of hilarity and emotion, this is the book to complete your summer reading.
— Bina Valenzano, co-owner, The BookMark Shoppe [8415 Third Ave. between 84th and 85th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 833–5115, www.bookmarkshoppe.com].
Greenlight Bookstore’s pick: “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier
Keeping up with the latest and greatest new books is both a blessing and a curse for booksellers. We get to read many books prior to publication (an amazing perk), but it also means we have less time to read books that have been out for years, or even decades. So when I found that I had some unscheduled reading time this week, I picked up Daphne DuMaurier’s classic “Rebecca.” What a creepy, fun ride it has been. I haven’t reached the end, so no spoilers, please, but I’m having a great time reading this “oldie, but a goodie.” I hope some of you will have time reach back into your stacks and pull out something you’ve always meant to read.
— Emily Russo Murtagh, Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246–0200, www.greenlightbookstore.com].