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Flowers For Algernon

Flowers For Algernon

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This summer, whether you're at the beach, traveling or staying at home, there is an abundant number of great reads.

Included in the following list are recent releases, timeless classics and upcoming titles.If you're looking for more than just a story, but an entertaining read with social commentary, then look no further than The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem.

Two friends, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude, one white and one black, discover a magic ring that turns them into superheroes.

Lethem brilliantly interlaces themes of racial tension, drug abuse, father and son dynamics and gentrification.

This spellbinding book has been nominated for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.Train Wreck Girl by Sean Carswell is disturbing and powerful.

After finding his girlfriend dead on the railroad tracks, Danny McGregor, a bartender and surfer without an ocean, takes a bus to his hometown where a maelstrom of past ghosts await.

He a friend finds him a job picking up corpses, a former girlfriend wants to get back together and a neighborhood girl that wants to learn how to surf.One D.O.A.

One on the Way by Mary Robinson tells the story of Jay, a location scout for a movie production studio who is married to Alt.

Alt is diagnosed with an illness and goes back to the care of his parents, but Jay must find a way to coexist with his family, all whom appear to have their own baggage to deal with.A moving and emotional story, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck revolves around two field workers chasing a dream of buying their own land.

Yet a tragedy occurs that threatens to destroy what they've worked so hard for.

Lost dreams, loneliness and the need for companionship are the most driving themes of this timeless classic.Charlie Gordon, a man with a low IQ, partakes in an experiment to increase his intelligence.

The procedure is a success, but he soon learns that his new gift begins to alienate and destroy the relationships he once had.

A sympathetic and mesmerizing plot, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is a perfect read for any time of year.

Upcoming July Fiction:Rain Gods by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner (Simon & Schuster)Sweet Mary by Liz Balmaseda (Simon & Schuster)www.simonandschuster.com Burn by Linda Howard (Random House)Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L.

Howard (Random House)Lovesick by Alex Wellen (Random House)www.randomhouse.com Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey (Harper Collins)Dying for Mercy by Mary Jane Clark (Harper Collins)Guardian of Lies by Steve Martini (Harper Collins)www.harpercollins.com

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