So you can’t stand the heat the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy throws on a hot summer day? Then this list is for you. We’ve peeked at the bestsellers from the New York Times, Amazon, L.A. Times, and even Oprah’s reading lists to find a great read for anybody. Even the choosiest of readers. Since no vacation or getaway is complete without some form of literary entertainment, here’s our list of the 10 Best New Books For The Summer 2012:
1. Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan by David Dalton
Music lovers will love Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan by David Dalton. This book features an insider’s look at the life and career of highly acclaimed songwriter, singer, musician, and artist Bob Dylan through the interviews and insights of those who know him best. Dalton’s work as a journalist, historian, screenwriter, and author provides a gleaming glimpse of the persona of one of the world’s most enigmatic and famous rock legends and proves to be the biography of Dylan to date.
2. I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me By Joan Rivers
Since the 1950s Joan Rivers’ abilities as a actress, television personality, and comedian have captivated fans. With her brash, self depreciating humor, dry wit, and stabs at other celebrities, River’s I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me delivers a dose of shocking humor best savored by those not easily offended. This “groundbreaking” book is certain to add humor to your summer.
3. The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle by Michael Stevenson
History buffs and those interested the battles which shape our civilization are going to love the work of Michael Stephenson. In The Last Full Measure, the author insightfully depicts the ancient to present battles impacting society, culture, and humanity through combat, weaving war experiences by retelling the stories of soldiers. Using the combination of careful examination, applying the motivations of human behavior, and intense research, this book is certain expose the plight of those who choose to fight for a cause.
4. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Sure to be the most addictive book of the summer, the psychological thriller and New York Times Bestseller Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn examines the twisted relationship of a terrible marriage. As a dark mystery full of suspense, this book spins the web of what happens when a married couple prepare for their fifth wedding anniversary while hiding powerful secrets, including the wife’s disappearance, the “upstanding” husband’s lies and deceit, and extreme edge of psychopathic behavior. Dubbed a “cautionary tale” for every dream which comes to life, this book will keep you enthralled all the way to the end.
5. You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales Of Marriage, Sex, Death, And Other Humiliationsby Michael Ian Black
American actor, author, comedian, and director Michael Ian Black is no stranger to laughter. He’s been laughed at (and laughing at himself) for over 40 years as his latest book, You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, And Other Humiliations illustrates. His revealing, brutally truthful, and perhaps cold hard look at the place reality meets comedy is nostalgically hilarious, memorable, and heartwarmingly wicked.
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6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Susan Cain will help everyone see the world through a new perspective with Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. This book is based on innovative research and suits those who appreciate the motivations behind human interactions, in praise of the quiet types labeled the introverts. As a celebration of those whose behavior and psychology is more behind the scenes than front and center, this book will inspire, advise, and improve the lives of both introverts and extroverts.
7. We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olsen
Fresh from the presses and Internet pages of the some of the world’s bravest rebels arrives Parmy Olsen’s We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency. This book traces the roots of how hacktivists collectively joined forces in 2010 and have since frequently launch massive assaults on some of the world’s most powerful figures, companies, and organizations. Through direct interviews and hundreds of conversations with the hackers of these “unidentified” digital assailants, this book exposes the undercurrents of today’s life as it plugs away. A certain must read for the geeks and curious, this book is concisely well written and interesting for most.
8. Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them by Frank Langella
Broadway star and film actor Frank Langella has experienced close encounters with some of the biggest stars, politicians, and elite since the age of 15 and has written a magnificent memoir about it. This book features entertaining and irresistible interactions between Frank and the likes of Rita Hayworth, Laurence Olivier, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Kennedy, Montgomery Clift, Paul Mellon, Robert Mitchum, Brooke Astor, and even Marilyn Monroe. This book is as powerful and remarkable as the people portrayed in it and offers a new light on the cost of fame, fortune, and ultimately life.
9. The Age of Miracles: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker
What would you do if the earth just stopped? That is the question Karen Thompson Walker answers in this sci-fi/apocalyptic debut centering around the story of a preadolescent California teen witnessing the gradual stop of the earth’s rotation. A solidly written, well paced, and remarkable take at coming to age in terms of family, friends, and the opposite sex during times of indifference while facing catastrophe is something which resonates beyond the covers of this book. And will certainly fascinate readers of any age.
10. Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek
American athlete and ultramarathoner Scott Jurek reveals the details a rewarding life pushing boundaries within his book Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness. Since people are what they eat yet more than what they consume, Jurek’s take on preparing for challenges, from running 135 mile races to fueling his body with only plant based foods and all of the road blocks between, this book offers inspiration to achieve despite challenges. Offering incredible life advice and proof that with determination nearly anything is possible, this book will transform your life.