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Obama ♥s FACTFULNESS & GMA’s End-Of-Summer Reading List

President Barack Obama announced his Summer Reading picks on Facebook, including our own Bill Gates-approved pick: “FACTFULNESS by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.”
“Good Morning America” also shared a roundup of “some of the buzziest books to pick up before Labor Day,” (along with an exclusive message from the author) including these five Macmillan titles:

EARLY WORK by Andrew Martin
“In EARLY WORK, I was trying to capture the recklessness of the last period of one’s youth, that feeling, true or not, that big decisions must be made before it’s too late. The novel follows a love affair between two writers that takes place over the course of a summer, and I’ve been told by readers that there are enough good times and bad decisions to fill a week on the beach, especially if interspersed with some good swims and cocktails and dog walks. The people in the book aren’t exactly role models, but so few of the people I know and love are! I hope readers will recognize some version of their past (or current!) selves in these characters, with a mixture of tenderness and, perhaps, regret,” Martin said.

HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
Also available in audio
“I’m so excited for fans to read HOW TO WALK AWAY because summer is all about connecting with the good things in life — having adventures (or dreaming about them!), making time to see friends and family, soaking up the sunshine — and this is a story about people trying to do that, too,” Center said. “It’s a big-hearted, laugh-and-cry book about finding joy however you can, and I hope it’ll take you on a journey that’s much like the best vacations: satisfying and inspiring even long after summer’s gone.”

SMOTHERED by Autumn Chiklis
Also available in trade paperback
“If your mom has ever sent you a seriously embarrassing text (… or if you’re currently sending your daughter one) then grab a bottle of rosé and curl up with SMOTHERED,” Chiklis said. “Eloise ‘Lou’ Hansen is graduating from college with honors, and she’s ready to conquer the world,” Chiklis added. “Just a few minor setbacks: She has no job, no prospects and she’s moving back in with her larger-than-life helicopter mom, Shelly. Add a GPS tracker, two pugs, a secret boyfriend and a self-imposed nine-month deadline to figure out life… what could possibly go wrong?”

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones
Also available in audio
THE OTHER WOMAN is coming and I cannot wait for you all to meet her! Pammie is a woman you think you’ll love,” Jones said. “You’ll certainly want her to love you because she’s far too dangerous to have as an enemy! #BewareOfPammie.”

THE HIGH TIDE CLUB by Mary Kay Andrews
Also available in audio
“I can’t wait for readers to meet the quirky, obstinate, loyal, loving, prickly and unforgettable women (and even a handful of men) who make up the cast of THE HIGH TIDE CLUB,” Andrews said. “I hope everyone will fall in love, as I did, with the beautiful and wild barrier island off the coast of Georgia where the story unfolds. The tide is high and the moon is full — so jump right in!”

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