Summer is officially upon us. The weather is heating up, and along with the steamy temperatures, there are some sizzling summer releases that have just recently been released or that will be coming out you definitely will not want to miss. Are some of these on your to-read list?

“Searching for Sylvie Lee” by Jean Kwok was one of the New York Times most anticipated books of the summer. It follows the lives of two sisters and their mother, all three immigrants from China, and the events that follow the disappearance of Sylvie Lee, the eldest daughter in the family, after she flies to the Netherlands to visit their dying grandma. As Amy and her mother desperately try to solve why Sylvie mysteriously and suddenly vanished, a series of dark family secrets begin to emerge. “Searching for Sylvie Lee” is a moving story of family, identity, and secrets that shows how culture can divide us even from those closest to us.

The “Queen of the Summer Novel,” Elin Hilderbrand, is back with her first venture into historical fiction, “Summer of ’69.” It is 1969, the summer of love and Flower Power. Just as the times are changing for the country, so they are for the Levin girls as they spend the summer at their grandmother’s house on Nantucket. As the events of the era change life as we know it forever, Blair, Kirby and Jessie must navigate changes in their own lives all while on an island thirty miles out at sea.

“The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal (release date July 23) follows a hard-working Midwestern family, its values, fate and world-class beer-making. When Edith Magnusson’s rhubarb pies become the third-best in the state, the small town nursing home where she runs the kitchen becomes the hottest dinner spot in town.

Meanwhile, Edith’s sister Helen and her husband, Orval, have turned their business into the top-selling microbrewery in Minnesota. When the unthinkable happens, it is up to Edith and her quirky group of friends to keep the family brewery going. Full of humorous, yet emotional family drama, “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” is sure to become a breakout hit of the summer.

“Someone We Know” by Shari Lapena (release date July 25) is the next hit from the author of the bestselling “The Couple Next Door” and “An Unwanted Guest.” In a small, upstate New York suburb, someone is sneaking into houses — and computers — gathering secrets and sharing them, too. Who is this mysterious intruder, and how far will someone go to make sure their secret is never revealed? “Someone We Know” is sure to be a tale of summer suspense that will be hard to put down.

“The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware (release date Aug. 8) is the newest novel from the modern-day “Queen of Suspense.” When Rowan Caine is offered a job at Heatherbrae House, a manor in beautiful but woefully isolated Scottish Highlands, she simply cannot refuse the offer. But what she does not know, is she is stepping into a nightmare that only ends with her being accused of murder.

Told as a series of letters to her lawyer, Rowan desperately tries to explain the suspicious series of events that have landed her in prison awaiting her trail. A tale full of mystery and suspense that no one other than Ware can weave, “The Turn of the Key” will keep you on the edge of your seat.

These books and more are (and will be!) available on our shelves in our digital collections, too. So stop by the library and pick up our next sizzling summer read, and if it is checked out or has not yet been released, make sure to place a hold to get on the waiting list!

Shaun Klee serves as the adult and technical services librarian for the Grand Island Public Library. Email him at

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