Summer means the leisure to spend time with a book or 10, in print, digital or audio. The current landslide of summer titles will continue into September, when the $27 billion publishing industry will begin releasing its marquee titles in advance of the holiday gift-giving season.
Jack Reacher is returning to the public eye, in a movie and in a new novel. British author Lee Child’s ultra-popular rough ‘n’ tumble hero – a former Army MP and nomadic loner who makes his living as a “problem-solver” – will be played for the second time by Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” due Oct. 21. Also, Child’s 21st title in the Reacher franchise, “Night School,” is due Nov. 7.
Like most of us, Chicagoan Tram Nguyen and her best friend, Lucy Madison, authors of food blog Pen & Palate, look back at their 20s as a decade of twists and turns. But the pals found at least two constants among the chaos: their friendship and food. Now in their early 30s, the two recount how they navigated their lives, loves and careers in the years after college, in a new book named after their blog.
Summer is approximately three months of forgetting how to hold a pencil, but it doesn't have to be that way for everyone. Spend your sweltering, languid days with a book in your hands. I can't guarantee that you'll remember how to write your name after reading these books, but you'll definitely expand your vocabulary and horizons.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, June 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.