Ever since my book Crossing the Street released May 9, books are all I can think about. The truth of the matter is, very few authors can make a living writing books. Millions of them are published daily on Amazon and other book sites. Due to self-publishing, it seems as if every John Q. Public who thinks “I have a book in me” is doing something about it.

I have no illusions about the New York Times bestseller list. It is a fact, however, that once in a while, an author who doesn’t have a bankroll of a huge publisher behind them breaks out and sells millions of books. The Fifty Shades of Gray author did it. Amanda Hocking did it. How did they succeed? Word of mouth.

If you like a book a lot, what do you do? You tell somebody about it. You tweet it. You Facebook it. You hand it to your friend, or loan it to a neighbor. Your book club talks about it. Thank goodness this happens to some of us.

Here is some “word of mouth” for you! I want to spread the word about some books I have read lately that I think you will really like, and if this results in one of these authors breaking loose and selling millions, then I will be happy!

  • North Haven by Sarah Moriarty. This book centers around siblings who return to their deceased parents’ summer house to decide whether or not to keep it. Revealing–about sibling friction, the strength of memories, and the power of place.
  • Please Excuse My Daughter by Julie Klam. Julie is hilariously self-deprecating, and this book lightened my mood by leaps and bounds. A wonderful memoir.
  • Julep Street by Craig Lancaster. Lancaster is one of my very favorite authors, and though I haven’t read this one yet, I have complete faith that it will be just as good as his other books.
  • Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star. This one is another about family and secrets. I loved it.
  • As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner. Another family saga. I guess that is what I am drawn to. This one concerns a Jewish summer enclave and a family and one terrible event that changes their lives forever.
  • The Children by Ann Leary. Another family, another crumbling lakeside home. There seems to be a theme here. But I loved this story of a family enclave threatened by the inclusion of an outsider. Wry and just a good read.
  • Family? Speaking of family, there is that delightful new novel about one burned-out writer, her mean girl sister, her eighty-three year-old best friend, and the seven-year-old girl who turns their lives upside down. Crossing the Street by me. Of course, that is a must read!

The beach, the cabin in the woods, your deck, or in a train or plane–any one of these books will make your summer reading list come alive. Incidentally, if you live in Dayton, come over to Books and Co. this coming Thursday evening, May 25. You can buy Crossing the Street right there, and I will sign it for you!


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